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Date of posting : December 1, 2016

Africa Action Summit: HM the King Suggests to Build African Continent that is Resilient to Climate Change

HM King Mohammed VI suggested, before the Africa Action Summit held on Wednesday in Marrakesh on the sidelines of the COP22, to build “an African continent that is resilient to climate change and that commits resolutely to sustainable development”.

“An African continent that will use its resources in an optimal way, while respecting environmental and social balances; a continent that will seek to promote inclusive development, in line with the specific features of its identity, particularly the culture of sharing, of fairness and of solidarity,” HM the King underlined in a speech delivered at the opening of the summit.

“It goes without saying that the concern about the future of our planet and the interest taken in the issue by active civil society organizations are real,” the sovereign stressed, wondering about the existence of any common, action-oriented objectives.

HM the King recalled, in this regard, two basic elements: the disparity between the North and the South when it comes to culture and the environment. “That disparity concerns priorities as well as means,” His Majesty added.

“For this reason, it is important to harmonize, even unify, environmental education efforts. The Moroccan Presidency will seek to achieve that objective during its term,” the sovereign underscored.

“Do we need to point out that the colonial era is over, and that imposed decisions cannot be productive? Do we need to point out that stakeholders lack neither the commitment nor the goodwill required, though they sometimes lack the necessary means?” HM the King asked. In this respect, HM the King affirmed that “we are all aware that what is at stake is the preservation of life, and that we need to work together to protect the Earth. It is precisely for this reason that I would like to see a convergence of views regarding our actions on the ground.”

The monarch warned that “Africa is paying a heavy price in the climate equation. It is, undoubtedly, the continent that is suffering the most,” noting that “rising temperatures, shifting seasons and successive droughts are depleting the biodiversity of our continent, destroying ecosystems and jeopardizing Africa’s progress, security and stability.”

Though Africa is responsible for only 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, climate change on a global scale is significantly hampering Africa’s development and poses a serious threat to the basic rights of tens of millions of Africans, the sovereign said.