FM6E in Lisbon for the 2nd Ocean Conference

The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment (FM6E), chaired by Princess Lalla Hasnaa, took part in the second United Nations Conference on the Ocean which took place this Saturday, July 2.

This second edition, which was initially to be held in 2020 after a first edition in 2018, is a major meeting to officially launch the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 to 2030).

The initiative aims to very quickly provide the scientific knowledge that will make it possible to protect the oceans, whose role in the planet’s climatic balance is now considered decisive.

In its role as founding member of the Alliance for the Decade of the Ocean, the Foundation was particularly involved in this decade, of which Lalla Hasnaa is godmother of the Alliance, a high-level grouping that is advancing the decade in the world.

In Lisbon, the Foundation organized, on Friday, with its partners, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the Portuguese Ocean Azul Foundation, FUGRO and the National Institute for Fisheries Research, a side event on the role African NGOs in this Decade of Ocean Sciences.

To this end, the FM6E presented the work carried out, during its 20 years of existence, with all of its partners, in particular Moroccan civil society, in the protection of beaches, coastlines, seas and oceans. She presented her actions of sensitization, education and awareness carried out with national and international associations.

She also explained the collaboration she has set up since 2021 with the IOC-UNESCO which is piloting the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development, emphasizing “the Bouknadel declaration” publicly launched during the high-level forum of the ocean decade organized by the UNESCO IOC at the same conference in Lisbon.

This declaration, written on the sidelines of the second edition of the Foundations’ dialogue, is intended to be a fundamental tool for achieving the objectives of the Decade over the next eight years.

In addition, two announcements at the end of the side event were revealed by the Foundation as part of its positioning on South-South and triangular cooperation in particular on the African continent, namely the awarding of ten scholarships to students Africans to study Ocean Sciences, in collaboration with the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), and the creation of a working group to mobilize African Foundations and NGOs in the Decade of Ocean Sciences.

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