Bonn: HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa Co-chairs COP23 High-level Session on Education Day
Bonn – HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, co-chaired, Thursday in Bonn, with executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, the high-level session on Education Day, held under the theme “Global partnerships to combat climate change through education.”
Speaking on this occasion, Her Royal Highness recalled the paramount importance of education for sustainable development, today essential lever to deeply change the behavior of citizens and face the challenges of global warming. This level embodied in article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and article 12 of the Paris Agreement underscores the importance of education, training, public awareness, public access to information and international cooperation to effectively combat climate change.
Efforts made in the field of education for sustainable development have become the mandatory matrix of any action in favor of the environment. The difficulties faced by governments in changing current behavior lead to the view that education will rapidly induce the necessary inflection.
After its involvement at COP22 in Marrakech, where Morocco has openly advocated for concrete action, particularly in Africa, the Foundation continues to build partnerships in Bonn, to strengthen its commitment.
Therefore, on the occasion of Education Day and its high-level session, co-chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection and the UNFCCC signed a memorandum of understanding.
Both parties committed themselves to implement the Empowerment (ACE) (article 6 of the UNFCCC) to cooperate, educate, train and raise public awareness of climate change through the translation of the guide on ACE. This guide for policy makers provides a clear ten-step plan for empowering stakeholders to find and implement climate change solutions.
It is worth to mention that since 2009, the Foundation has been an observer member of the UNFCCC and participates each year in the COPs through speeches and workshops.
At the beginning of this session, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa attended the climate change student performance, before posing for a photo with the “Bonn Climate” ambassadors.
Upon her arrival at “Bonn Zone”, HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa was notably greeted by spokesman for the UNFCCC, Nick Nuttall, minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, secretary of state to the minister of Energy, Mining and Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, and COP22 president, Salaheddine Mezouar.