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Morocco hosts first consultative meeting on the road to COP 22

High ranking officials from the Maghreb region are convening in Rabat for a three days’ workshop, jointly organized by the Government of Morocco, Union of Maghreb Countries (UMA), with the support of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 

This first of a series of FAO sponsored sub regional dialogues on Agriculture related Intended National Determined Contributions (INDC`s) and Climate Finance will discuss the priorities of the UMA countries in sustainable agriculture development and climate change, the potential of climate finance in helping countries deliver on their pledges and the collaboration with FAO.

The meeting will gather representatives from Ministries of environment, agriculture and water, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points as well as FAO senior staffs.

The participants will also exchange on the agriculture related regional and global initiatives brought to the COP22, including Africa Adaptation Initiative and Water Scarcity Initiative.

"Agriculture will be greatly affected by climate change but sustainable agriculture development can also be part of the solutions to Climate Change said the FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed M. S

"This high level workshop offers the opportunity for an in-depth discussion of the ways and means to implement the country pledges as they relate to agriculture and to explore possible collaboration with FAO in their implementation and the role of climate finance" , he added.

Most countries in the Near East and North Africa region have included Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the heart of their Intended Nationally Determined Contribution.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).