wednesday, 20 october, 2021 at 9:40 am
United Nations (New York) – The President of the General Assembly and the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have appointed Ambassador Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, Co-Chair, with Ambassador of the Philippines, Group of Friends of Voluntary National Reviews for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This appointment consolidates the key role that Morocco plays on the international scene, thanks to the far-sighted vision and the active commitment of HM King Mohammed VI, in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Morocco immediately subscribed to the 17 SDGs, including with regard to poverty eradication, food security, climate action and energy transition in its new national development model. The Kingdom is establishing global partnership, particularly South-South cooperation, as a strategic axis of its foreign policy by giving Africa a central place.
This Group of Friends was created in 2019, the year in which Morocco held the vice-presidency of ECOSOC for two successive cycles 2019 and 2020. It aims to support countries that will present their voluntary national reviews (VNR) in the part of the high-level political forum that takes place each year. The NRVs are a tool for evaluating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and a space for sharing best practices in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Friends of NRVs Group will play a catalytic role during the Decade of Action and at ECOSOC high-level policy forums. The Decade of Action and Implementation was launched by Heads of State and Government at the SDG Summit in September 2019, to accelerate progress towards these goals and put the world on the right track. to reach them by 2030.
The next ECOSOC High Level Forum will take place in July 2022 and will be marked by several thematic debates, as well as the national voluntary reviews of 45 countries reporting this year.
It should be recalled that Morocco has twice undergone a voluntary national review under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2016 and 2020. The Kingdom had carried out a large campaign of consultations, with the participation of all the institutions. national and international partners, in particular among United Nations organizations, to consolidate collective ownership of the SDGs by national actors.