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Morocco to host COP 22

Morocco to host COP 22


The world will focus on Africa as the Moroccan city of Marrakech will host the upcoming UN Conference of Parties to the Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) in November 2016

The north African country is expected to advance the decisions of the Paris Agreement which is to be concluded on December 30, 2015.

As part of a preparatory meeting in Rabat , the Moroccan foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, gave major highlights of the event.

COP 22 has to be a COP of operation. Paris was a moment of strong negotiation but also one moment when resolutions were taken. Today our concern is naturally going to be to direct our action to implementation and operation because with the operation, this world commitment is going to become concrete.

Speaking before the General Assembly, the minister for Environment, Hakima El Haite said the COP 22 scheduled in Morocco will be the action conference.

She recalled that Morocco began its fight against climate change in the 60’s with the policy of dams, followed by water policies and agriculture and energy in the year 2008.

“Morocco believes that climate change represents an opportunity for development, the creation of added value and jobs with a strong private sector participation, cooperatives and NGOs.”

Morocco has considered reducing its energy consumption by 15 percent by 2030.

However, the challenge would be to outpace its predecessor, France, considering the accolades the European country received from both government and civil society delegates at COP 21.

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