In a message addressed to ICEM which kicked off today at ISESCO: His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco expresses his appreciation of ISESCO for its efforts to coordinate joint Islamic action and give substance to solidarity and cooperation among Member States
His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco called for developing sustainable mechanisms and taking effective measures to address this growing climate issue, which is not only challenging climate experts but is, above all, a real problem for current and future generations.
In a message addressed to the participants in the 7th Islamic Conference of Environment Ministers, held by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) at its headquarters in Rabat, King Mohammed VI stressed the necessity to come up with integrated strategies likely to ensure food security and preserve biological diversity by reconsidering existing policies in all the sectors concerned.
His Majesty also expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to ISESCO, under the stewardship of His Excellency Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, and through him, to the Organization’s staff and experts for their untiring action to coordinate and promote joint Islamic action and to give substance to inter-Islamic solidarity and cooperation.
Addressing the Director General, His Majesty stated, “Today’s conference, one of the periodic meetings held by the Organization, provides a good opportunity to take stock of environmental challenges and to go ahead with consultation and the exchange of experiences on the issue of climate change, its consequences and risks, which pose a real threat to all countries across the globe, including Muslim sister nations.”
The King also pointed that in recent decades, as is the case in other Muslim countries, there has been an economic boom in Morocco in a number of key socio-economic sectors, which has resulted in countless negative impacts on the environment, stating that Morocco made environmental protection one of its top national priorities.
In the same vein, King Mohammed VI maintained that the 2016-2030 National Strategy for Sustainable Development adopted recently was prepared in consultation with all national stakeholders, including the government, the private sector and civil society. “It clearly reflects our country’s determination to continue its efforts to promote green sustainable development”, he stressed.
The King also said that this strategy aims, in particular, to lay the foundations for a comprehensive green economy by 2020, improve natural resource management and development, support the conservation of biodiversity and revamp governance in the area of sustainable development.
In addition, King Mohammed VI stated in his message to the Conference, which was read out by Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection: “In order to strengthen inter-Islamic partnerships, in my message to your Third Conference, I suggested the creation of an Islamic Academy for the Environment and Sustainable Development”. He added, “I should like to take this opportunity to thank the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for the commendable measures taken and the tremendous efforts made to see to it that the decisions relating to the establishment of the said Academy are implemented.”
In this regard, the Moroccan King reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to create this institution, stating, “Given our commitment to set up this institution, we suggested that the Kingdom of Morocco host the Academy and its bodies and, to this effect, we have allocated a plot of land in the Kingdom’s capital, Rabat, which meets all the requirements for the success of this project. The Academy’s facilities will be consistent with green building design and construction standards”.
King Mohammed VI also stated, “I am confident that the creation of this Academy will enhance the capacities of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and help them attain the Sustainable Development Goals within the agreed timeframe, which is before 2030”. In this connection, the King stressed the necessity to build on this project in Member States’ joint action and use it as a benchmark on environmental issues, making sure the specific natural and cultural characteristics of the Islamic world are duly taken into consideration, and that the project will promote skills and innovation, contribute to scientific research and serve as one of the basic elements for the achievement of sustainable development for the benefit of Islamic countries.