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FAO and Mohamed VI Foundation to cooperate in sustainable development

Agreement signed in presence of Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco

14 October 2016, Rome – FAO and the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection today agreed to join forces for improving education on and awareness of the importance of sustainable development to preserve, protect and enhance natural resources and biodiversity worldwide.

In the presence of Her Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, Honorary President of the Foundation, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva and Tijani Lahoucine, the president-delegate of the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, agreed to promote cooperation through collaboration in training and existing information programs, and the design and implementation of new projects and programs of mutual interest.

In view of the agreement, FAO and the Foundation will work together to strengthen the capabilities of professional journalists and help build the capacities of local actors in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food and nutrition security, sustainable natural resources management and rural development, as well as jointly develop activities on climate-smart agriculture, wastewater and sanitation in rural areas.

The new partners will also participate in projects involving other countries with the aim of facilitating the transfer of skills and experiences as well as developing educational programs.

Participating as a keynote speaker at today's ceremony, Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco, whose country is hosting next month's COP22 summit on climate change, emphasized that the talks would be "action-oriented" and geared towards implementing the Paris Agreement.

"The Moroccan Presidency will seek to nurture and promote the spirit of mobilization which prevailed in Paris in terms of increasing climate funding, developing expertise and ensuring the transfer of technology. It will lay special emphasis on adaptation, primarily for the countries of the South and for Small Island States," Princess Hasnaa said.