Morocco says it is adequately prepared and has all the assets to ensure the success of the 22nd session of the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference, known as the Conference of Party (COP22), which will be held November 7 to18 in Marrakech this year.
Moroccan Deputy Interior Minister Chatki Draiss told scores of African journalists in Rabat, capital of Morocco, recently that his country has made maximum preparations in terms of infrastructure, logistics and security to ensure that this global initiative will be a success.
The journalists, fifty five from twenty eight countries, were on an assessment tour in Morocco to ascertain how prepared that country is to host such a huge global event, which also holds the future of the continent.
The Interior Minister said Morocco has proven experience in organizing international events and this one is not of any greater task. “We are prepared not only to host the event, but to contribute to the achievement of the goals endorsed by the international community on climate change. We want to assure everyone that we are ready for this conference and we believe it will be one of the best. This is because COP22 has been dubbed as the COP of actions and not debates,” he said at a roundtable conference at his ministry.
Minister Draiss allayed stakeholders’ concerns about terrorists, which he said his country is adequately prepared to deal with, making sure that the safety of delegates, observers and others who will be entering the country for the conference is safeguarded.
He also added that the Marrakech conference will only be a successful one if the aspirations of the African continent are met, and urged African countries to take full advantage of the excellent opportunity.
At the end of the day, Draiss hopes that the conference will meet the aspirations of the African continent that is bearing the massive burden of something its people did not cause and know nothing about – climate change.
COP22 Commissioner Abdeladim Lhafi also confirmed his country’s preparedness and said “holding this global conference in an African country should result in major initiatives for the continent, a dream that our King also has for our African brothers.”
Lhafi said Morocco has a roadmap to meet all the conditions for the success of the conference, calling for the mobilization of all stakeholders (civil society, business, media, politicians, and citizens) to ensure full success of COP 22, which is a universal challenge.
The issue of security, Lhafi said, is of paramount concern; therefore, the Moroccan government has placed huge emphasis on it. “Our country has always been secure, but we are making sure that our country will have maximum security during the conference and we are not going to be complacent. Our security sector is in top gear for this task,” he said.
The head of logistics for the conference, A. Berkrate, said his team has completed seventy five percent of the work at the site where the conference will be held. He assured stakeholders that the entire process would be completed early next month. Mr. Berkrate is also the Governor of Marrakech, where the conference will be held.