AFRICA: Morocco to chair 6th UN Environment Assembly

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At the end of the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) which took place in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, the member countries voted Morocco as the host country for the next edition. By hosting the 6th edition of UNEA, the Cherifian kingdom reaffirms the need to strengthen the fight against pollution and climate change whose effects have impacts on the global economy.

The Kingdom of Morocco has been designated to chair the 6th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) after a vote by the countries participating in the 5th edition that has just closed in Nairobi, Kenya. Through this new responsibility, which will last two years, Morocco will have to lead the organization and holding of the global forum of the environment under the leadership of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

 “With its accumulated leadership in environmental protection, Morocco has won the confidence of the international community and also devoted its role in the implementation of initiatives for the African continent. In a spirit of continuity and efficiency, we wish to consolidate the achievements of our predecessors and accelerate the implementation of the resolutions already adopted. We want to contribute effectively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon years ago,” says the Moroccan Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali.

Faced with the environmental crisis that the planet is experiencing, the Kingdom of Morocco will contribute by 2024 to the development of the global agreement on plastic pollution, one of the historic resolutions of UNA-5 chaired by Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway.

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The 6th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) will also be an opportunity to build partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society around the world to address environmental challenges. By placing this UN meeting under the prism of multilateral cooperation and international solidarity, Morocco certifies its willingness to carry the voice of the African continent as in 2016, at the 22nd Conference of the Parties on climate (COP 22) in Marrakech.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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