Inclusive Green Economy training in Morocco

As part of the appropriation of the project by Moroccan stakeholders, PAGE held a two-day training session on Zoom for stakeholders in Morocco. Organized by UNITAR and the lead agency UNIDO, PAGE Morocco invited several ministries and organizations to the training on "Inclusive Green Economy and post-COVID-19 economic recovery".

Opened by the welcome remarks of the Director of Partnerships and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development (MTEDD), Mr. Rachid Firadi, the online training for the PAGE Steering Committee in Morocco has brought together 71 participants during the first day on "Inclusive Green Economy and post-COVID-19 economic recovery" hosted by UNITAR. Addressing the concept of Inclusive Green Economy (EVI), Mr. Firadi recalled that: “The training will allow stakeholders to have a common understanding of the concept of green economy. "

The training focused on PAGE's support at the global level to promote an inclusive green economy (IGE).  Mr. FIRADI wished to recall that: “Morocco is very committed to the environment. This commitment is materialized by the adherence of our country to most agreements in favor of the environment and sustainable development. As such, we have adopted our National Strategy for Sustainable Development (SNDD). Its implementation has enabled our country to make remarkable progress by integrating the concept of sustainability into the key development sectors. Thus, in the energy field, we have adopted a proactive policy aimed at strengthening energy efficiency. ¨

The second day, meanwhile, aimed to answer the question: "What priorities for PAGE in Morocco?" To achieve this, the participants were divided into 5 groups with 5 different themes led by the 5 UN agencies namely UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, ILO and UNITAR. Ms. Vera WEICK of the PAGE Secretariat recalled that: “The program is aligned with the national priorities of member countries.

In her presentation, Mrs. Amrei HORSTBRINK Senior Specialist, Climate Change and Green Development, UNITAR presented to the participants the roadmap of the training days. Then, she submitted two surveys to participants about their knowledge of the green economy. The suggested areas of work on which PAGE Morocco should focus are industry, waste management, green taxation, entrepreneurship, etc.  Green and inclusive economic recovery in Morocco focus on industrial development, reduction of inequalities, preservation of biodiversity and the environment.  Unido Mr. Ali Benryane, Coordinator of PAGE Morocco, spoke about the country's journey to integrate the PAGE program. “Since 2019, Morocco had submitted its candidacy. It was in 2020 that the Kingdom of Morocco joined PAGE, thus becoming the 20th member country and the first MENA country. Then, we proceeded to designate a focal point,” said the coordinator of PAGE Morocco.  “From the first quarter of 2020, we began to identify the different business sectors that require further assitance. This task has been delayed following the outbreak of the pandemic”.  Addressing the aspect of global perspectives on a green and inclusive economic recovery, UNEP Mr. Farid Yaker stressed that “at the global level, the health and economic crisis are connected. Indeed, we see that all the challenges, difficulties and crises at the international level are reflected in our economies, in particular the problem of circularity, which amounts to 8.8% at the World level. This percentage shows that the majority of resources are not reused and recycled”. “In addition, the challenge of inequalities with a high proportion of people who are likely to fall into poverty, i.e. 120 million people, particularly those in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. We also have a problem with biodiversity and species extinctions, which impacts on the economy because 1.2 billion jobs depend on ecosystem services,” developed Mr. Yaker. Following the communication series, the day ended with sub-working groups on "Opportunities and challenges for a green and inclusive economic recovery in Morocco" where some interventions show that the opportunities for a green and inclusive economic recovery in Morocco nestle in the private sector, SME/SMI, decarbonization clean energies. For the participants, "the transition will make it possible to minimize Morocco's carbon footprint by boosting research, innovation and the creation of green jobs".