- Written Speech

- US and Morocco work together in combating climate change

Speech of His Majesty the King of Morocco on COP22 High Level Segment:
In His keynote speech delivered, on 15 November 2016, on COP22 High Level Segment, His Majesty King Mohammed VI emphasized that “our commitment to addressing the problematic issue of climate change through the implementation of the Paris Agreement, reflects our shared desire to enhance inter-generational solidarity”.  His Majesty added that “such involvement is a moral necessity and a human obligation.  It must be based on the firm belief in the inevitability of our shared destiny, and on genuine North-South solidarity for the sake of human dignity”.  The King also stressed that “our conference today is a conference of truth and clarity, a conference for responsibilities to be shouldered before God and History and before our people”.

COP22 achievements:
The COP22 was marked by the adoption of the “Marrakech Action Proclamation For Our Climate And Sustainable Development” by World leaders, during the High Level Segment of the Conference, underlining the “irreversible” momentum and signaling a shift towards a new era of implementation on climate and sustainable development.
It also witnessed the adoption of “Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action” designed to provide a strong roadmap for “how the UNFCCC process will catalyze and support climate action by Parties and Non-Party Stakeholders in the period 2017 to 2020”.

“The Climate Vulnerable Forum” (CVF), that gathered more than 45 of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, adopted the Marrakech Communique and the Marrakech Vision.  Emphasizing the importance of NDCs and recognizing the impact of climate on development, Ministers and heads of delegations of the CVF committed to “strive to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production” and underlined the necessity to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

Other key achievements include the agreement by Parties to set a fast track for the completion of the Paris Agreement rule book by 2018 aimed to operationalize this agreement, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) backed by 11 developed country donors providing $50 million worth of funding, and the Parties pledged to give more than $81 million to the Adaptation Fund and $23 million to the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN).
Also, the Conference launched the Marrakech Investment Committee for Adaptation Fund ($500 million) in partnership with The Lightsmith Group (based in the United States), BeyA Capital (based in Africa) and the Global Environment Facility, the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) announced by the Republic of the Maldives (the current chair of the Alliance of Small Island States), the NDC Partnership, the initiative “2050 Pathways Platform”, the International Climate Change Center of Excellence and Think Tanks for Capacity Building (INCCCETT 4CB) and the Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate (2016-2021).
In addition to, a new five year framework under the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and damage was adopted to deal with impacts of climate change pertaining to displacement, migration and human mobility.

Initiatives pertaining to Africa at the heart of COP22 :
During COP22, many initiatives were launched in favor of Africa including the Adaptation of African Agriculture Initiative (Triple A), the Sustainability, Stability and Security Action Plan for Africa (3S), the Water for Africa Initiative, the African Package for Climate-Resilient Ocean Economies, the Co-ordination Unit of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Marrakech Investment Committee for Adaptation Fund and the Marrakech Pledge for Fostering Green Capital Markets in Africa.
In addition to these key achievements, various activities were organized pertaining to Africa including but not limited to water resilience, sustainability and security in the continent, the development of electricity grid, the role that can be played by African youth and women in fighting climate change and its adverse consequences.

The decisions adopted :
The COP22 has witnessed the organization of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP12) and the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1).  The decisions adopted by COP22, CMP12 and CMA1 are available on the UNFCCC web site:  http://unfccc.int/2860.php

The upcoming COP23 and COP24 :
The 23rd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) will be organized by Fiji and hosted at the headquarters of the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn (Germany) in 2017.  The COP24 will take place in Poland, in 2018.

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