Leila Benali, minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, stressed that sustainable development has become a “strategic choice” for Morocco under the guidance of King Mohammed VI during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held in New York from July 17 to 20.
Moroccan changes to promote economic growth, improve social circumstances, and speed up environmental initiatives were underlined by Minister Benali. A new model concentrating on advancement in the economy, society, territory, and human capital by 2035 has been developed in Morocco as a result of the country’s dedication to sustainable development, all under the direction of King Mohammed VI.
According to Minister Benali’s statement, this new development model aims to find a balance between economic development, social progress, and environmental protection while also advancing governance and policy convergence.
With the inclusion of consultations with all national stakeholders, the National Sustainable Development Strategy has strengthened Morocco’s commitment to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Minister Benali stressed the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement in advancing international climate action. Their adoption has raised awareness of environmental challenges and facilitated the incorporation of sustainability into important industries, including finance.
Minister Benali emphasized the significance of global cooperation at both the international and regional levels to tackle the challenges of sustainable development, particularly in light of continuous crises and their effects on African nations.
The Minister emphasized Morocco’s efforts to advance security, justice, and human rights across the globe while bolstering South-South and triangular collaboration.
Leading a significant delegation to the HLPF are Minister Benali, Ambassador Omar Hilale of Morocco’s Permanent Mission to the UN, and top representatives from the Ministry of Energy Transition and the High Commission for Planning.
The theme of the 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum is “Accelerating Recovery after COVID-19 and the Full Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at All Levels.” It serves as the main platform for examining and tracking the accomplishments of the 17 SDGs that make up the 2030 Agenda, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015.
The UN General Assembly calls for the HLPF to meet every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and every four years with the involvement of Heads of State and Government.