FM Receives Congolese Environment Minister, Bearer of Written Message from President to HM the King

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, received on Tuesday in Rabat the Congolese Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Congo Basin, Arlette Soudan-Nonault, coordinator of the Congo Basin Climate Commission, who brought a written message from President Denis Sassou Nguesso to HM King Mohammed VI. In a statement to the press after her meeting with Mr. Bourita, Ms. Sudan-Nonault said that his visit to Morocco is part of the preparation of the summit of the three global forest basins scheduled for next October in Brazzaville. Soudan-Nonault has, in this sense, highly praised the commitment of HM King Mohammed VI in favor of biodiversity and climate, particularly in the African continental region, recalling that the Sovereign was behind the initiative to create the three climate commissions on the occasion of the African Action Summit held on November 16, 2016 in Marrakech on the sidelines of COP22. HM the King is the “great sponsor of the three climate commissions in the African continental region,” she said, noting that the Sovereign has been supporting the Congo Basin Climate Commission step by step since its creation. She also stressed that Morocco, under the leadership of HM the King, is a “great partner” in the Climate Commission alongside the 15 countries of the Congo Basin, which represent 10 pc of the world’s biodiversity. “We need this coalition led by His Majesty the King so that we can speak with one voice in the context of South-South cooperation, without forgetting to involve the countries of the North,” she stressed, noting that the climate emergency requires the mobilization of financial resources for inclusive and sovereign projects that meet the aspirations of the region’s populations. The Congolese minister said in this regard that the Brazzaville summit of the three basins of African biodiversity world will allow “to register in the dynamics of the Paris Agreement. The Brazzaville meeting will also focus on the Amazon basin, Borneo-Mekong in Southeast Asia, which represent 80 percent of global biodiversity, she said.