Ladies and gentlemen,
First of all, I would like to thank the UNDP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Office of the UN Secretary-General for organizing this Conference on pledges for the reconstruction of the Caribbean countries. recently hit hurricanes.
My delegation is convinced that this conference will help to further mobilize efforts to strengthen international solidarity with the countries most vulnerable to climate change and affected by natural disasters.
We hope that this event will reflect the commitments of the international community to take concrete steps to address the vulnerability of these countries to climate change.
The international community is expected to double its efforts to help poor countries and vulnerable to increase their resilience particularly in the context of the development of regional cooperation and the creation of regional funds against natural disasters, the transfer of technology and know-how in this area, human, technical and legal capacity building in areas related to risk management.
In terms of climate change and natural disasters, it is necessary to reinforce both the prevention and adaptation capacities of those countries whose ecological vulnerability has become worse in recent years. To this end, national policy support programs must be designed and implemented with the support of international institutions.
The Kingdom of Morocco has always been attentive to the challenges facing the Caribbean countries and has actively contributed to the various activities that have developed recommendations for these countries.
In this spirit, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has decided to cover the travel and accommodation expenses of the Caribbean Heads of State and their delegation to facilitate their participation at COP22, organized in November 2016, at Marrakesh.
This conference adopted the final proclamation calling for further action and climate support well before 2020, taking into account the specific needs and circumstances of countries particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, in order to give voice to this category of climate change. countries on environmental and social issues so that they become catalysts for action on the ground.
Following the hurricanes “Maria” and “Irma”, which struck recently Antigua and Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica, His Majesty King Mohmmed VI, gave his very high instructions so that humanitarian aid in necessary products including cartons powdered milk, sacks of rice, preserves, medicines, tents, etc., to the affected victims in these countries.
Morocco has also transferred one million US dollars to the Commonwealth of Dominica for financial assistance.
My country has responded positively to the request of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda by also making a transfer of one million US Dollars to facilitate the post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation process of the United States. Island, following the passage of Hurricane Irma.
As part of Morocco’s ongoing solidarity with these friendly countries in the Caribbean region, priority cooperation programs have been identified in the areas of tourism, agriculture and sea fishing. In this regard, Morocco has offered financial assistance to the Commonwealth of Dominica to support socio-economic projects and also provides assistance in the form of financing for the construction of a hotel and the implementation of a fishing project.
My delegation wishes to reaffirm the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco to engage in initiatives aimed at alleviating the suffering of the affected countries by joining the international community in the effort to raise the funds necessary for the reconstruction of the devastated areas.
To this end, I emphasize that the Kingdom of Morocco will continue to work bilaterally and multilaterally to assist the Caribbean countries in their development projects, either through practical roadmaps or the following actions:
The strengthening of technical cooperation with the countries of this region in the field of sea fishing and the identification of their specific needs;
Continued cooperation with these countries in the area of technical assistance;
The development of multisectoral cooperation programs with this category of countries, in various fields including the transfer of know-how, Moroccan expertise and humanitarian assistance.