The region Rabat Salé Kenitra hosted on 10-11 October 2016 in Rabat a regional focused preparatory conference to the COP 22 entitled “Climate change: responsibility, knowledge, action and training”.
The conference considered as a milestone in the run-up of COP 22 was held by the Regional Council of Rabat Salé Kenitra, the Moroccan Federation for Climate Justice, the Regional Commission of Human Rights, the University Mohamed V of Rabat, the University Ibn Tofail of Kenitra and the International University of Rabat.
The conference aimed at gathering regional actors, authorities, politicians, public services, national decentralized services, universities, governing bodies, civil society and economic actors to work together in the preparation of an action plan for the region Rabat Salé Kenitra on sustainable development and tackling climate change.
Participants in the conference discussed and assessed the current climate and environmental status of the region Rabat Salé Kenitra towards a regional action in the field. The conference acted as a great opportunity for all the above actors to share their achievements, as well as their planned actions in the near future. More than 1500 people not only from Morocco but also from other African countries, Europe and America attended the event and explored collaboration opportunities, especially with regards to the creation of an African Observatory for Climate Change and a Group of Negotiators of Atlantic Coastal Countries.
The opening ceremony was led by the President of Rabat Salé Kenitra, the Commissioner of COP 22, the Chief of the Civil Society Group within the COP 22 Steering Committee, as well as other relevant authorities of the Regional Council of Rabat Salé Kenitra. Sixteen workshops were held afterwards dealing with a variety of themes linked to climate change: environmental law, human rights, training and raise of awareness, land planning, sustainable development, transport, agriculture, biological diversity and forests, water, health or waste management, among other.
The closing session included the presentation of a series of recommendations and a declaration on climate and sustainable development.
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