The Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, underlined with conviction, during the Policy Forum for Sustainable Development (FPHN) in New York, that Morocco has deliberately made sustainable development a “ strategic choice under the enlightened direction of King Mohammed VI.
Morocco has truly embraced the dynamics of sustainable development through a plethora of reforms, thus laying the foundations for solid economic development, improving social conditions and intensifying its efforts in favor of environmental preservation. The Minister thus presented these advances during the high-level segment of the HLPF, which is being held from July 17 to 20 in the American metropolis, at the initiative of the United Nations Social and Economic Council.
Thanks to the King’s leadership, Morocco has adopted a new development model that focuses on four essential areas, aiming to achieve sustainable progress by 2035, both economically, socially and territorially, and with regard to human capital, the minister stressed, noting that Morocco’s approach lies in a subtle balance between economic development, social prosperity and environmental preservation, while promoting solid governance and harmonious convergence of policies.
The minister also highlighted Morocco’s unwavering commitment to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the national sustainable development strategy, a subject now subject to consultations involving all stakeholders. national.
Highlighting the crucial importance of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Leila Benali recalled their key role in promoting global climate action. Thanks to these agreements, environmental awareness has been raised to a new level, and sustainability has taken firm root in the most vital sectors, including the financial sector, she said.
With this in mind, Morocco has reviewed its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) by adopting a participatory and comprehensive approach. Result: increased ambition in terms of greenhouse gas reduction, with an ambitious target of more than 45% by 2030. In addition, the Kingdom has drawn up a long-term national strategy for the low-carbon development of by 2050, thus meeting the requirements of the Paris Agreement. This initiative will help guide and plan the policies and measures needed to achieve the desired goals, Benali explained.
Also, the Minister highlighted the unavoidable challenges related to sustainable development, insisting on the need for a global mobilization of the international community, particularly in the face of the current crises and their consequences, particularly on African countries.
Among these major challenges, Leila Benali highlighted the problems of access to technology, data and financing, as many obstacles to growth in these countries, noting that Morocco is therefore striving to strengthen Southern cooperation. -South and triangular, while actively working to promote stability, justice and human rights in the world.
The delegation led by Benali to the Political Forum for Sustainable Development is of paramount importance. It is made up, among others, of the ambassador, permanent representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, as well as senior officials from the ministry and the High Commission for Planning (HCP).
This year’s Forum is themed “ Accelerate recovery from COVID-19 and full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels“. It represents the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs, adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015.
This UN gathering, under the auspices of ECOSOC, meets every year, but every four years, it takes on a more solemn dimension with the participation of Heads of State and Government, under the aegis of the General Assembly. of ONU. The next meeting of these leaders will take place on September 18 and 19 in New York, to monitor the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.