COP27: Princess Lalla Hasnaa stresses Morocco's resolute commitment to support the action of the three African Climate Commissions

Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Goodwill Ambassador of the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin, underlined, Wednesday in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Kingdom’s resolute commitment to support the action of the three African Climate Commissions.

“The Kingdom of Morocco, as a founding partner country, and above all as an African member in solidarity with the Region, is resolutely committed to contributing to the achievement of the objectives set at the first Brazzaville Summit and the concrete actions recommended since then”, said Princess Lalla Hasnaa who chaired a Side Event organized under the theme “Climate finance at the center of the operationalization of the Congo Basin Climate Commission and the Blue Fund for the Congo Basin”, in the framework of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).

She noted, in this sense, the strong commitment of Morocco, at the highest level, to support the strengthening of the other two African Climate Commissions.

On this occasion, Princess Lalla Hasnaa wished to thank the participants in this high-level meeting organized at the initiative of the Republic of Congo, which chairs the Congo Basin Climate Commission, and the Kingdom of Morocco, Founding Partner of the three African Climate Commissions, emphasizing that their active presence at this meeting stems from their “commitment to contributing to the success of the essential and virtuous project that brings us together today”.

Princess Lalla Hasnaa also underlined that in the continuity of the impetus given by King Mohammed VI, the Kingdom is pursuing a technical assistance program intended to support the presidency of the Congo Basin Climate Commission, noting that Morocco supports thus the development of the Blue Fund (F2BC) and deploys its expertise in the fight against climate change, in particular through the Climate Change Competence Center (4C Morocco). In this context, His Royal Highness recalled that the Congo Basin Region is the second largest carbon reservoir in the world, insisting that its preservation therefore constitutes a major global challenge and engages the responsibility of all Stakeholders.

To this end, Princess Lalla Hasnaa emphasized the need to provide the financial and technical means, able to contribute to an economic model combining sustainability and innovation, to enable the populations concerned to become more resilient to climate change and , thereby ensuring a significant improvement in their living conditions. His Royal Highness also recalled the holding in Marrakech in 2016, at the initiative of King Mohammed VI, of the meeting of African Heads of State and Government, during which they decided to take charge of the destiny of the continent in the fight against climate change.

The Presidency of the Congo Basin Climate Commission was then entrusted to the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, whose leadership made it possible to achieve concrete progress in the establishment of this Commission and to establish its instrument funder, the Blue Fund, supported Princess Lalla Hasnaa, noting that “Africa can rejoice, today, to have taken tangible steps”.

As such, more than 250 relevant national and sub-regional projects, which are part of a global vision and a coherent approach, have been carefully identified, observed His Royal Highness, stressing nevertheless that despite all the efforts made, the financing of this project still remains a major challenge which penalizes the continental approach. This is why the Congo Basin region must be able to count on all of the continent’s multilateral and bilateral partners to obtain adequate support and benefit from climate financing mechanisms, continues Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

In the same vein, His Royal Highness stressed that this high-level meeting, which is being held on the sidelines of the 27 Conference of Parties, organized for the second time on African soil, demonstrates Africa’s commitment and its desire to join international efforts to fight against climate change, expressing the hope that this meeting will allow everyone, and in particular institutional and private donors, to take full measure of the opportunities offered by the Blue Basin Fund of Congo.

“The energy, financial and food impacts of the current globalized crisis must in no way divert the action of States and international institutions from the climate imperative and the international commitments made in this area, particularly in financial terms. The climate crisis continues to worsen and its manifestations are becoming more and more devastating and deadly”, concluded His Royal Highness, insisting that “it is high time for concrete and effective action”.

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