The United Nations Sustainable Development Group paid tribute to the commitment of Moroccan youth to climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In its latest report, the group underlined, under the title “A Moroccan youth aware of the climate emergency”, that “it is the young people who can tip the scales on the right side in the fight against climate change”.
He cites the example of Manal Bidar, a young Moroccan activist from Agadir committed to climate action, noting that Manal, now 18, led her first action at just 13 for the climate and the preservation of the environment.
Since then, she has made the mobilization of young people and their inclusion in global climate negotiation processes her hobbyhorse, the Group further notes, maintaining that she is an ambassador for the African Youth Climate Hub – a platform that brings together young African climate change activists – and Advisor to the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) , an international nonprofit that works to accelerate the scale of innovative climate adaptation and resilience-building solutions around the world.
In addition to Manal, the report cites the examples of Hasnae, national coordinator of the Moroccan youth delegation to the United Nations Youth Climate Conference (end of September 2021 in Milan), or Hamza, co-founder of a company specializing in the collection, sorting and transformation of coffee grounds into construction and decoration products. All, echoing the call of the Secretary-General, have contributed to climate action and more generally to global efforts to advance the implementation of the SDGs.
The mobilization of these young people is highlighted in the campaign called “From Milan to Glasgow: Moroccan young leaders in the spotlight”, which was launched by the United Nations country team in Morocco in July 2021 in as part of broader UN support for the empowerment of young people in Morocco and the efforts undertaken by the country to mitigate the effects of climate change, the Group further recalls.
The word of the end is left to Hamza who affirms: “You should not wait for the perfect moment to start. It is the obstacles we encounter on our way that make the entrepreneurial adventure inspiring and fruitful”.