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On the eve of COP26: Moroccan youth gathers to share vision and recommendations to tackle climate change

Morocco’s National Human Rights Institution holds a meeting with Moroccan youth committed against climate change, on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at its Rabat Institute - Driss Benzekri for Human Rights. The meeting will focus on Moroccan youth climate action, contributions, and recent developments in the fight against climate change, in Morocco and the world. 

Held on the eve of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP 26), due in November, in Scotland, the meeting aims to gather views and recommendations of young people regarding climate action, monitoring and following up of national and territorial public policies and the assessment of the sustainable development goals, particularly with regard to the youth action. 

Participants will also exchange on the ways forward to enhance youth climate action and initiatives in addition to capacity building for youth networks and associations. 

Ms Amina Bouayach, CNDH Chairperson, Ms Charafat Afilal, former Minister Delegate in Charge of Water, Mr. Simon Martin, British Ambassador to Morocco, and Mr. David R. Boyd, Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, will open the meeting.   

The UN Human Rights Council recognized, earlier this month, for the first time, that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right. In Resolution 48/13, the HRC called on States around the world to work together, and with other partners, to implement this newly recognized right. The resolution consolidated the efforts of the different stakeholders, particularly youth and national human rights institutions. It thus reaffirms the essential role of younger generations in facing the related challenges, especially with regard to changing mentalities and future-oriented concepts.