- Written Speech

- US and Morocco work together in combating climate change

22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change
The COP22: The COP of Action

 

Climate Change : Morocco an engaged actor
The Kingdom of Morocco considers global warming and climate change as “one of the greatest threats to mankind” and is actively involved in the international efforts aiming at addressing this global issue.

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, Morocco has resolutely sought to ensure that its policy on environmental protection is in harmony with the international community’s global effort.

Under the leadership of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, the country introduced a series of constitutional, legislative, institutional and regulatory reforms.  The Environment Charter, the Green Morocco Plan, the Green Investment Plan, the ban on GMOs and the new law on plastic waste reflect Morocco’s commitment and continuous action.

The Kingdom has also embarked on the development of mega infrastructure projects including the Noor Concentrated Solar Power Plant regarded as one of the nation’s cutting edge renewable energy project and the wind farm in the city of Tangiers (North of Morocco) and near the city of Tarfaya (South of Morocco).  As a result, Morocco has become one of the main actors in the energy transition at the international level. 

It is important to mention that the ambitious objective of Morocco to secure 42% of the country’s energy mix from renewable sources by 2020 has been increased to 52% by 2030.

The organization of Morocco of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the second time, after the 2001 session, is another evidence of the great importance attached by Morocco to issues associated with the climate as part of the country’s priorities and is a testimony of its commitment to approaching international challenges within a multilateral framework.

COP22 an important milestone after the COP21:
The Kingdom of Morocco held the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech, from 7th -18th November 2016.

The COP22 took over the reins from COP21 that was marked by the adoption of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement by 195 countries on December 12th, 2015. The main objective of this Agreement is to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels”. 

This historical agreement has, in particular, (1) anchored the “principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances”, with regard to response to climate change and (2) underlined the importance for Parties to communicate their climate action plans, called NDCs, that stands for Nationally Determined Contributions; that reflects each country’s ambition for reducing emissions, taking into account its domestic priorities and capabilities.

The Conference of Marrakech, labeled the COP of Action, convened just three days after the Paris Climate Change Agreement entered into force on November 4th, 2016. 

The Conference, that witnessed the participation of around 500 Heads of State or Government and Ministers, focused on the means to achieve the priorities of the Paris Agreement, relating especially to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.  Particular attention has also been given to the role of Parties and Non-Party Stakeholders on climate action.

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