Morocco elected to the Commission of the Limits of the Continental Shelf

The Kingdom of Morocco was elected as a member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for the period 2023-2028 during the elections held on the occasion of the 32nd Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea , which holds its work from June 13 to 17, 2022 in New York, said Wednesday a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad.

Morocco’s candidacy, in the person of Professor Miloud Loukili, won with 117 votes, at the end of an intense diplomatic promotion campaign, which mobilized the entire Moroccan diplomatic apparatus, underlines the same source.

Several African countries, namely Morocco, Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, and Algeria have applied for this Commission, notes the press release, indicating that among the African candidates, the candidates Morocco (117 votes), Ghana (131 votes), Kenya (123 votes), Angola (116 votes), and Madagascar (115 votes), were elected by a two-thirds majority. Thus, among the African candidates, Algeria and Mozambique were not elected to this important Commission, specifies the same source.

This electoral success also testifies to the great credibility enjoyed by the Kingdom’s maritime strategy, under the King’s High Vision, to promote the blue economy as a lever for Africa’s development, according to the same source.

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf is one of the three bodies created by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, together with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the International Seabed Authority (AIFM). ).

Composed of twenty-one members elected on the basis of equitable geographical distribution, the Commission’s mandate is to issue recommendations on the files for the delimitation of the Continental Shelf submitted by the coastal States parties to the Convention.

The Kingdom ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 2007. This instrument constitutes the foundation of the international maritime order.

Professor of international law and eminent expert in maritime studies known for his probity and intellectual integrity, Miloud Loukili has a long experience in the field of the multilateral process related to the law of the sea.

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