A tribute was paid this Thursday in Rabat to three young Moroccans, Hasnae Bakhouch, Hatim Aznague and Manal Bidar, selected to participate in the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on climate change (COP26) scheduled for November in Glasgow, and at the pre-COP preparatory meeting scheduled for the end of September in Milan.
A virtual ceremony was organized at the initiative of the British Embassy in Rabat in collaboration with the British Council, the UN office in Morocco and the Italian Embassy to mark the global launch of the Letter. Global Youth Letter which will inform ongoing discussions with policy makers during and before COP26. Young Moroccans will be encouraged to sign the letter and commit to tackling climate change, making their own recommendations for consideration.
“Young Moroccans are capable of supporting and accompanying change, able to participate in decision-making to protect the environment which incurs risks related to pollution”, underlined the national coordinator of the youth delegation. Moroccans at COP26, Hasnae Bakhouch.
For his part, Simon Martin, Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Morocco, welcomed the cooperation between the two countries in terms of environmental protection, saying that this ceremony “is a very important step for the preparation of the COP26 where decisions will be taken to deal with global warming. Morocco is at the forefront of the global movement against climate change ”.
For his part, the Italian ambassador to Morocco, Armando Barucco, indicated that “Morocco has no lessons to learn regarding the protection of the environment and everyone remembers the results and the importance of COP22 in Marrakech ”.
The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Morocco, Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, for her part observed that this event constitutes an opportunity to connect Moroccan youth, very active on climate issues, with world youth.