Morocco and the United Nations are celebrating, next Monday in Agadir, the first International Argan Day.
On this occasion, a high-level event will be organized under the chairmanship of the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, said a press release from the National Development Agency. oasis zones and the argan tree (Andzoa).
Organized in hybrid format, this event will be followed around the world, live on United Nations web TV, as well as on YouTube and on social networks.
It will bring together high-ranking speakers including Omar Hilale, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, VolkanBozkır, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General and President of the United Nations. United Nations Group for Sustainable Development, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, Anita Bathia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Maria Henela Semedo, Deputy Director General of FAO, and Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund.
“This celebration crowns the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco in the promotion of the Argan tree as intangible cultural heritage of humanity and ancestral source of resilient and sustainable development”, notes the same source, recalling that the proclamation of this international day follows the adoption of a resolution, presented by Morocco, to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on March 3, 2021.
A resolution adopted by consensus of all member states and by which Morocco mobilized the international community around this cause of the safeguard and development of the Argan tree.
“The proclamation by the United Nations of the International Argan Tree Day is thus an international recognition of the Kingdom’s efforts, under the High Guidance of King Mohammed VI in the protection and enhancement of the argan tree, in particular through the launch of a global arganicultural development program over an area of 10,000 ha in Morocco ”, adds the press release.
“Protecting this cultural heritage is at the heart of the missions undertaken by the Kingdom of Morocco and the celebration of the International Argan Tree Day reinforces these efforts. This Day is an invitation to learn, share and celebrate this mythical tree, and a way to make its culture a lever for sustainable socio-economic development. “, Welcomes Omar Hilale, quoted in the press release.