“Transitioning to a green economy is imperative to address climate change, poverty & dwindling resources. It’s the path to achieving sustainable development goals &resilience in challenging times”, said Farah Bouqartacha, Secretary General of the Ministry for Energy Transition & Sustainable Development.
About 150 people attended the opening session, including: Farah Bouqartacha, Secretary General of the Ministry for Energy Transition & Sustainable; Jean-Christophe Filori, Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Morocco; Sanae Lahlou, UNIDO representative in Morocco, Imane Ben Rabia, Director of Communication, International Cooperation & Partnerships, Ministry of Industry and Trade.
“We have no choice but to embark on this path of green transition, notably through the decarbonisation of industry” added Imane BEN RABIA, Director of Communication, International Cooperation & Partnerships, Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Sanae Lahlou, UNIDO representative in Morocco, underlined: “Morocco embraces sustainable development with ambitious green programs. PAGE is here to support this journey towards a greener, inclusive economy“.
The high-level opening segment was followed by presentations by experts: Asad Naqvi, Head of the Economic and Trade Policy Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Ga ëtan Ducroux – Energy, Climate and Environment Policy Officer, EU Delegation; Assia Benhida – President of the CGEM Sustainable Development Commission – and a panel discussion.
For three days, participants had the opportunity to explore several key themes such as the macroeconomic dimensions of the transition to a green economy, green and climate finance, learning for an inclusive green economy, sustainable waste management, decarbonisation of industry, green jobs, skills and entrepreneurship for the transition to a green economy, access to renewable energy, energy production, as well as management of water, biodiversity and natural resources.
Each thematic session was co-led by one of the five United Nations agencies participating in PAGE, ensuring constructive and dynamic discussions.