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Participation of Morocco in the 75th session of the UN General Assembly

The Kingdom of Morocco takes part to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, running virtually, due to the current sanitary crisis, under the theme “The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action.”

 

The participation of the Kingdom in this session reflects the Kingdom’s unwavering commitment, under the leadership of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, to the effective, active and pragmatic multilateralism. In fact, His Majesty the King has laid out an ambitious multilateral vision since ascending into the throne in 1999. While committing to solidarity and increased cooperation on the multilateral front, Morocco has increased its focus on driving the pan-African march toward greater continental integration.

This 75th session has witnessed an active Moroccan participation, as beside the classical General Debate, the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita to a number of meetings on the sidelines of this annual event focused primarily on the role of multilateralism.

Speaking during the General Debate of the 75th United Nations General Assembly, the Head of Government, Mr. Saad Dine El Otmani reaffirmed Morocco’s commitment to a final settlement to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara, within the framework of territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

In this regard, he recalled that Morocco's position is unambiguous and any final political solution to this dispute can only be achieved under four basic parameters, notably  the full sovereignty of Morocco over its Sahara with the autonomy initiative as the only solution to this artificial dispute; the participation of all parties involved in the search for a final solution; the full respect for the principles and parameters enshrined by the Security Council in all its resolutions since 2007 according to which the solution can only be political, realistic, pragmatic, durable and based on compromise; in addition to the rejection of all outdated plans, which the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council have deemed for twenty years as obsolete and inapplicable.

The Head of Government seized equally this opportunity to reiterate Morocco's unwavering support for the inter-Libyan dialogue and the Palestinian cause.

On the sidelines of the General debate, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, participated in a ministerial meeting on the responsibility to protect, known as R2P, (adopted by the United Nations at the 2005 World Summit).

During this event, the Minister underlined, that Morocco, in accordance with the high instructions of His Majesty Mohammed VI, the need to suppress the fragmentation between the different areas of multilateral cooperation in order to fully implement the roadmap set by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the Goal 16 on "peace, justice and strong institutions."

The Minister also, pointed out, during this event, to the necessity of learning from this current pandemic, so that multilateral cooperation, on the basis of equality between States and respect of their National Sovereignty can led to overcome the multiple global challenges.

Besides, Mr. Bourita stressed, in a meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism that Morocco, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, has always stood out as a sponsor of tolerance and coexistence, of messages of peace and respect of religions as well as cultural diversity within multilateral Forums.

 With regard to the immensity of the challenges that await present and future generations, including the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, education and economic recession, the Minister declared that it is everybody’s responsibility to give substance to the ideal of multilateralism of action.

 In this respect, the Minister stressed that the pandemic has been a life-size stress test, which has questioned and still questions the effectiveness of the system in times of global crisis. Considering that Covid-19 is, undoubtedly, a turning point in the history of humanity, Minister Bourita underlined that there is no alternative to multilateralism in order to find viable responses, adding that Morocco will continue to support the reforming and constructive spirit of the Alliance for Multilateralism.