The Head of Government chairs the work of the National Committee for Sustainable Development in its third edition

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The Head of Government, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, chaired, on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Rabat, the work of the third edition of the National Commission for Sustainable Development, which is being held within the framework of affirming the commitment of the Kingdom of Morocco, under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God protect him, in a proactive and voluntary policy aimed at achieving the sustainable development goals, fulfilling international commitments and completing the relevant development projects. 
This meeting was devoted to examining the annual national report of the High Commission for Planning, as well as evaluating the results of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development and the roadmap for review in accordance with the decision issued by this committee during its last meeting.
In his opening speech, The Head of Government pointed out that the meeting is an opportunity to identify the constraints and achievements related to sustainable development, which is today one of the pillars of the new development model, which the government program has committed to activating in all its axes and objectives by keeping pace with the transformation of the national economy, consecrating the social state and developing human capital.
In this context, he stated that our country, thanks to the wise and visionary policy of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, was one of the fastest countries to respond to reducing the economic and social effects of the pandemic, as it resorted early to a set of qualitative and unprecedented measures.

These measures, for example, have made it possible to reduce the deepening level of poverty and vulnerability, as the poverty rate increased from 1.7 percent in 2019 to 2.5 percent during the lockdown in 2020, and the vulnerability rate from 7.3% to 8.9%, and the poverty rate would have reached 11.7 percent and the vulnerability rate to 16.7 percent in the absence of these measures.
Despite these exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic, our country has been able to achieve several goals in accordance with the UN Agenda 2030, especially those related to human capital, and our country is moving steadily towards achieving goals related to physical capital, as well as those related to combating the effects of climate change. 
In a related context, The Head of Government praised the results of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, which constituted a qualitative leap and a voluntary and ambitious policy to accelerate the transition to a green and inclusive economy by 2030. 
This meeting was marked by a presentation by the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, as well as by the High Commission for Planning of the annual report to achieve the sustainable development goals for the year 2021, during which it was stressed that the magnitude of the challenges that await our country in implementing the UN agenda in these years that separate us from 2030, which requires more coordination, precaution, convergence, and effectiveness in programs, projects, and sectoral policies, with a rearrangement of priorities given the repercussions of the Corona pandemic and the exceptional circumstance that the world is going through. 
The members of the Committee endorsed the assignment of the governmental authority in charge of sustainable development to prepare the new strategy in order to adapt it to national developments and international commitments.

The meeting was attended by: the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of Equipment and Water, the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, the Minister of Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment, and Skills, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, the Minister of Transport and Logistics, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, the Minister of Solidarity, Social Integration and Family, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the Administration of National Defense, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Investment, Convergence and Evaluation of Public Policies, the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of the budget, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of Relations with Parliament, Government Spokesperson, the Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Digital Transition and Administration Reform, the Wali Director General of Local Authorities at the Ministry of the Interior, the Director-General of the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, the President of the Association of Heads of Regions of Morocco, the President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, the President of the Professional Group of Moroccan Banks, representatives of the High Commission for Planning and the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy.