HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa: Education For Sustainable Development, “It’s Urgent. It’s Vital!”

“Let us resolutely commit, during this decade, to instituting education for sustainable development as an imperative priority. It is urgent. It is vital!”

Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, participated through a video message in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, which is being held virtually from 17-19 May.

Her Royal Highness began her speech by stressing the need for all of us to “build a new and necessary consensus by defining the priorities that we set ourselves as human beings linked by a common destiny”, and working to achieve equitable and global Sustainable Development, especially during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The Princess also noted that protecting the environment and safeguarding the planet, “our common home”, are fundamental for us to reach our goal, recalling, in this regard, the mission of Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which has been working, for more than two decades, to develop various programs intended to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of humans on nature.

Moreover, HRH highlighted the important role of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, who has always shown big interest in this matter and never missed the opportunity to stress the importance of school, which lies “at the heart of these development issues”. The Princess continues saying, “school is responsible for teaching and transmitting knowledge, school is, more broadly and even more as a priority, a space for education and transmission of values”, explaining, in this regard, that educating the youth to respect the environment means “believing in the promise of a new, more harmonious and sustainable world.”

In the same context, HRH noted that the action of Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment focuses on raising awareness among the youth regarding these issues; as Education for Sustainable Development is considered the key to success.

On this occasion, Princess Lalla Hasnaa expressed Morocco’s pride of being one of UNESCO’s partners with whom “we have been working together since 2020 to integrate environmental education into (school) curricula at all levels”, recalling that Morocco is one of the only three countries in the world which is carrying out a pilot experiment for the UNESCO’s Global Schools program .

On a final note, Her Royal Highness stressed the need to hasten the process of implementing this essential measure, inviting us all, in this respect, to “resolutely commit, during this decade, to instituting education for sustainable development as an imperative priority. It is urgent. It is vital!”

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