Cop22.ma: Day 1 of COP22 sets theme of action

 

 

On Day 1 of COP22, the theme was ‘Africa in Action.’ Foreign Minister of Morocco and President of COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar said in his opening remark that the conference being held « on African soil demonstrates a whole continent’s commitment to contributing to the global effort » to fight climate change. He emphasized the importance of helping all African countries fight climate change because the « sun does not ignore a village because it is small. »

 

 

The Africa pavilion, a large tent housing several separate country pavilions, was animated with big screens depicting desert, ocean, and forest scenes from around the continent. Space filled quickly with delegates, observers, and journalists as the opening plenary concluded and the conference was officially underway.

 

 

The pavilion will host many events throughout the 11 days. Getting rural areas more reliable access to energy and working with the international civil aviation industry were just two of the panel discussions taking place today.

 

 

Several countries even hosted events and panel discussions to highlight each of their efforts in climate action. Tunisia and Ethiopia partnered to discuss with German representatives how the three could create carbon market-based solutions to dealing with their environmental issues. Tunisia is especially interested in involving its cement sector.

 

 

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