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12 November 2021

Foundation activities at COP 26

Foundation activities at COP 26

The Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection attended the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting discussing global warming challenges and opportunities.

Nations and civil society representatives from all over the planet gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12, 2021, to discuss global warming at the COP26.  Together they sought to find practical solutions to climate change challenges and opportunities.

The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Environmental Protection, under the leadership of  Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, has been deeply committed to sustainable development for over two decades, took an active part in the event.  The Foundation became an observer member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2009 and regularly attends COPs since then.

In this capacity, the Foundation benefited from its access to the blue zone, the formal official zone of the UNFCCC, where it held an event on “Climate Education and Youth Empowerment: the key to reaching environmental and climate goals” on November 3 in the sidelines with EarthDay celebrations.

The Foundation was very active, organizing four separate events in the Morocco Pavilion:

  • First the “Empowering youth for practical and innovative solutions to combat climate change and promote sustainable development through climate education” in partnership with Youth UNESCO Climate Action Network (YoU-CAN) and UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development Section held on  November 3.
  • On November 4, the Green Universities and Youth Education Network in Africa in collaboration with the UNEP Youth Education and Advocacy Unit and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) hosted a meeting on “Innovative and Sustainable Initiatives to Accelerate the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and to Empower Youth to Take Action on Climate”.
  • On November 6, the Foundation, in collaboration with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), led by the Ocean Decade Alliance of which Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa is a sponsor, co-organized a side event with COI UNESCO on “Unlocking Investment in Ocean Sciences for Climate Action”.
  • On November 11, the African Youth Climate Hub Initiative hosted a panel discussion on “UN Youth Climate Cluster Engagement: Building Dialogue with Moroccan Youth, Holding Innovative Practices and Solutions to Climate Change”.

Foundation representatives also spoke at a number of events at the IUCN Nature Pavilion, the Francophonie Pavilion (International Organization of the Francophonie), the European Union Pavilion, and sessions of the Major Economies Business Forum and Climate Law and Governance Day.

The Foundation, always very invested in Youth via its outreach programs and the African Youth Climate hub initiative that was launched with partners in 2019, took part in COY16, the Youth COP organized ahead of the official COP, from October 28 to October 31.