Agadir: Climate Chance Summit Calls for Mobilization to Address Climate Related-Issues
Agadir – The summit of non-state actors on climate (Climate chance), which opened on Monday in Agadir, called for mobilization in order to continue the pressing fight against climate change in view of the destructive impact of the damage related to this phenomenon.
During this meeting, held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, in the presence of delegates from nearly 80 countries, president of the Souss-Massa region, Brahim Hafidi, and president of the Climate Chance Association, Ronan Dantec, co-organizers of the summit, stressed the importance of this three-day event in order to assess the difficulties encountered, notably after the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and to reiterate commitment to concrete actions and solutions.
“We need your voice and mobilization for climate action,” said executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa.
She also stressed the urgent need to act in the face of the destructive impact of global warming and the intrinsic link between climate and development challenges, adding that two months before the COP23, to be organized by Fiji and hosted in Germany, the world is at a turning point which requires the States to take concrete action to fulfill people’s ambitions.
In this regard, the UN official paid tribute to Morocco, “a model of Africa’s renaissance” in terms of adaptation and transition to the green economy, highlighting the kingdom’s major projects and strong involvement to support and intensify the momentum of climate action.
During this inaugural plenary session, COP22 president, Salaheddine Mezouar, recalled the strong and intense support given to Fiji in order to reach concrete decisions, especially in favor of island countries.
Mezouar also hailed the presence in Agadir of a strong US delegation, including notably the Environment minister of the State of California, which testifies, according to him, to the commitment of a significant number of cities and a large part of the country’s private sector to the climate agenda despite the decision of President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.