At UN, Morocco Demonstrates Commitment to Addressing Key Issues

(MACP) – At this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session (September 12-25, 2017), Morocco once again demonstrated its unflagging commitment to the four key issues it has focused on for decades: security and counterterrorism; Africa and South-South cooperation; sustainable development and the environment; and a realistic negotiated settlement to the Western Sahara conflict.

Some highlights:

  • In his speech to UNGA, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to Africa and described the country’s return to the African Union as a crowning achievement.
  • Minister Bourita also reiterated Morocco’s commitment to ongoing discussions within the African Union and more broadly to advance a realistic Western Sahara resolution based on Morocco’s compromise formula of autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty.
  • At a meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh chaired by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Morocco was recognized for its international security assistance.
  • Morocco was re-elected for another two-year term as a Co-Chair (with the Netherlands) of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), which announced that the US and Morocco would launch “The Initiative to Address Homegrown Violent Extremists,” to develop “Good Practices” for a more effective response to these threats.
  • Morocco and UNICEF organized a panel to promote South-South cooperation on early childhood development, following on last year’s Rabat Declaration on Early Childhood Development.
  • Morocco’s Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment Hakima El Haite, along with Fiji’s Minister of Agriculture, launched the Climate Action Leadership Network to bring together high-level representatives to drive momentum on climate action before 2020.
  • Morocco and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation organized a meeting on climate change, to promote collaboration among developing countries on implementation of the Paris Agreement.

“Morocco has been and continues to be on the front line of addressing the complex issues that preoccupy the international community,” said MACP Senior Advisor for Policy Robert M. Holley.