Morocco reiterated Tuesday in Geneva, its firm commitment to multilateral action to promote human rights in all their dimensions.
In an intervention, during the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Ambassador Omar Zniber, stressed the Kingdom’s support to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) as well as its readiness to work to achieve the Kingdom’s initiatives for an inclusive approach to human rights, in several aspects, notably social, cultural and economic.
Zniber stated that Morocco, which prioritizes the right to a healthy environment, will actively contribute during this session to the development of a resolution on the right to a safe and sustainable environment, recalling that the Kingdom hosted, in November, the 9th edition of the Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), which was sanctioned by the Declaration of Fez. This Declaration called for facing the challenges and advancing towards the objectives of coexisting in peaceful and inclusive societies, oriented towards sustainable development.
In the same context, Zniber also recalled the international seminar of national human rights mechanisms, hosted in December in Marrakech, which recommended the creation of a networking platform between these mechanisms, to promote mutual learning and consultation, and strengthen interactions with the United Nations human rights system.
Regarding the promotion of economic and social rights, The diplomat further noted that Morocco has implemented, with determination and perseverance, the project of generalization of social protection, through the mobilization of the necessary funds, the establishment of the appropriate legislative framework, and the launch of the structural reforms of the Kingdom’s health system.
On this occasion, Zniber stated that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) noted Morocco’s achievements in promoting women’s rights, namely the launch of the first National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security and the ratification of the two Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
The ambassador concluded that this cooperation will be further strengthened this year, through the review of reports submitted to the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers, and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.