Morocco Calls for Bold Action to Combat Climate Change

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Daily News Morocco
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Morocco Calls for Bold Action to Combat Climate Change

The King of Morocco has urged attendees of the United Nations Climate Change Summit to take bold and urgent action to address the increasing effects of climate change. Thousands of delegates have gathered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the annual climate change summit. The conference seeks to take action to address the warming planet.

In the first two days of the gathering, leaders of over 190 countries took turns to address the summit, including the representative of the King of Morocco.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on Friday, December 1, 2023, the representative of King Mohammed VI urged world leaders to take ambitious actions commensurate with the scope and scale of the climate change crisis.

Several regions of the world are already facing the brunt of climate change, including Morocco. Although Africa contributes very little to greenhouse gas emissions, it is one of the regions most affected by climate change.

For many, progress within the United Nations process has often been too slow. The representative of the King said it was no longer time for “small steps.” She told delegates not to be embroiled in ideology and dogma, arguing that the direction should be rooted in pragmatism, voluntarism, ambition, and vision.

Eight years ago, world leaders undertook aggressive steps at the Paris Climate Summit to ensure average global temperatures do not rise above 2° Celsius.

The representative of the King expressed the hope that all state parties will maintain this momentum. “I hope that state parties will be more ambitious and that we will find collective solutions to this common challenge,” she said.

Morocco has been one of the leading voices and advocates for climate change action, hosting a key international meeting. The 2016 COP21 was held in Marrakesh.

HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to pursuing its proactive action and remaining at the forefront of advocacy and solutions to safeguard the future of humanity on our planet.

Morocco is actively participating in the global summit by showcasing a gallery highlighting the Kingdom’s achievements in climate action and sustainable development. The gallery features various projects Morocco has launched to fulfill its commitments to combating climate change. In addition, the Moroccan Gallery will host several activities and events during the summit.

This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published by Daily News Morocco on 2 December 2023.

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