- Written Speech

- US and Morocco work together in combating climate change


AFRICA Action Summit

The King of Morocco Mohammed VI chaired the 1st “Africa Action Summit,” on November 16th  2016,  organized on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22).

At the opening ceremony of this Summit, King Mohammed VI delivered a speech in which he underlined that the Kingdom of Morocco is a committed actor in the task of consolidating regional security and stability and “is determined to enhance its contribution to defending the vital interests of the continent, alongside sister nations”.  Underlining the importance for “the Continent to agree on a common approach to fighting climate change as well as on actionable measures for sustainable development”, His Majesty stressed the necessity for the African countries “to speak with one voice, demand climate justice as well as mobilize the necessary resources and submit concerted proposals in connection with the fight against climate change”.

This high level meeting attended by heads of State, Government and delegations from 50 African countries, was an opportunity for the continent to develop a common vision.  This is illustrated by the adoption of “the Declaration of the First Africa Action Summit For Continental Co-Emergence” through which the participants expressed their commitment to tackle the effects of climate change, to adopt policies required to catalyze economic and structural transformation in Africa and to speed up initiatives aimed at enhancing the continent’s resilience.  In addition, the participants called on their strategic partners to strengthen cooperation to respond to the African ambition for the achievement of inclusive sustainable development. The Summit also brought together representatives of the United States, France, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the African Union (AU), the World Bank (WB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

During this high level meeting, His Majesty the King was called upon by African leaders to work for the implementation of the Declaration aforementioned, particularly with regard to the coordination of and follow-up to priority initiatives in the areas of combating climate change and promoting sustainable development, as well as to mobilizing the continent’s bilateral and multilateral partners.  

It is important to underline that the Marrakech Conference, held on the African continent, under the Moroccan Presidency, put Africa and Small Island Developing States at the forefront of COP22 agenda.