British Minister of State for the Environment and the Pacific in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park hailed Morocco’s “leadership” in climate policy.
During talks he held virtually on Wednesday with Minister of Energy, Mining and the Environment Aziz Rabbah, Goldsmith lauded the Kingdom’s leadership at the regional level on climate policy and hailed it for its proactive commitment to contribute to the efforts of the international community in the fight against climate change and its effects, including the successful organization of COP22.
The British Minister of State also expressed his wish for Morocco’s participation, at a very high level, in the summit of ambition, scheduled on December 12, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, said a statement from the Ministry of Energy, Mining and the Environment.
He also affirmed the United Kingdom’s commitment to develop cooperation in the fields of sustainable development, particularly in clean energy such as green hydrogen, in addition to the protection of ecosystems, noting that investing in nature also contributes to building resilience and adapting to the effects of climate change.
Rabbah, for his part, stressed that Morocco’s participation in the December 12 summit will be an opportunity to present its nationally determined contribution (NDC), revised in accordance with the provisions of the Paris Agreement, as well as its vision for a low-carbon development strategy by 2050.
Regarding the COP26 on climate, scheduled for November 2021, the minister expressed his full support for the British presidency of this conference, which should be an opportunity to assess the efforts of each country and international organization, as well as to examine the possibilities of support to developing countries, in order to face the challenges of climate change, in addition to ensuring a post-Covid19 green economic recovery.
Rabah underlined the numerous opportunities for cooperation and investment for the two countries, in particular in the fields of energy, mining, nature protection, development of natural ecosystems and climate change.
At the end of this meeting, Rabbah and Goldsmith agreed on the continuity of these meetings and expressed their common wish that the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom constitutes a favorable framework for cooperation in concrete projects, said the same source.