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Morocco’s King: Climate Change Pushes Our Youth to Exile, Terrorism

Morocco’s King: Climate Change Pushes Our Youth to Exile, Terrorism

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019 - 07:45
Morocco's King Mohammed VI (File photo: Reuters)
Rabat - Asharq Al-Awsat
Effects of climate change are driving young Moroccans to emigrate or join criminal and terrorist organizations, announced Morocco's King Mohammed VI, adding that Morocco is committed to ensure feasibility studies to complete the Sahel Climate Investment Plan.

In a speech sent to the first Conference of the Climate Commission for the Sahel region, which opened in Niamey, Niger, the King underlined the importance of the Climate Investment Plan for the Sahel region and its Priority Regional Program, which will “hence complete the vital projects underway”.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita read the King’s letter, in which he asserted the Commission can count on the Climate Change Competence Center of Morocco (4C Maroc), particularly in terms of capacity building for its members.

The Monarch addressed climate threats weighing on the Sahel region which affect people's daily lives and have an adverse impact on socioeconomic development and regional stability.

“Food shortages, dwindling water supplies and desertification caused by global warming will continue to push our youth into exile, depriving our Continent of part of its crucial human resources,” said the King, according to Maghreb Arabe Press (MAP).

He considered the fight for climate justice a “fight for access to a better, dignified life and to a bright future” for all Africans, adding that climate justice should not remain a slogan but rather a basic requirement for all of Africa.

“It is in this way that we shall prevent our youth from succumbing to despair, stopping them, at the same time, from falling prey to criminal and terrorist organizations.”

King Mohammed reiterated that Africa’s future depends on the capacity to imagine new solidarity-based answers, building on a genuine commitment that respects all partners, in the South as well as in the North, reported MAP.

Sahel region can become a model of advanced regional integration in economic, environmental, political and human terms, according to the King, who added that the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region is one of the levers that will enable it to achieve this objective.

“This is where history began, and this is where the region’s future will be decided. Coming generations are, indeed, entitled to a political commitment backed by concerted, solidarity-based action to address climate-related challenges,” he pointed out.

The King concluded by noting that rallying stakeholders against the devastating effects of climate change cannot stop at national borders, “in fact, it should transcend all rifts."

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