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November 15 2016 at 18:24

Western Sahara: COP22 is Chance for Morocco to Sway Nigeria, Expose South Africa

by Cop22 Marrakech

Washington D.C – Moroccan officials are notorious for squandering all the ripe diplomatic opportunities when their country host key international conferences. Will COP-22 be different?

The presence of President Muhammadu Buhari is an opening to garner Nigeria’s key support in the Western Sahara conflict and a test of Moroccan diplomats’ ability to reap benefits from such high-level meetings they host.

Morocco’s hosting of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP-22, in Marrakech is a big economic and diplomatic feast for the Kingdom’s foreign policy establishment.

With the presence of Kings and Presidents, Moroccan diplomats should have a chance to lobby for their causes. While the COP 22 is not a diplomatic meeting in the classic sense, it is an important gathering of several head of States and a chance to form new alliances.

As Morocco fights its way back to the African Union’s fold, the position of Nigeria will have a big impact on the pan-African organization’s decisions and resolutions concerning the Western Sahara conflict.

President Buhari is a true African leader who puts the continent interests before ideology and personal gains. His visit to Morocco is a golden opportunity for Moroccan officials to try once again to earn the trust and backing of Africa’s most important country.

On the face of South Africa’s divisive and ideologically based foreign policy and President Zuma’s lack of leadership, vision and intellect, Morocco and Africa need President Buhari’s guidance.

It is now up to do the Moroccan officials to do the hard work and reach out to the Nigerian delegation. Notwithstanding Morocco’s rivals, namely Algeria, efforts to torpedo the Kingdom’s attempts to gain the trust of Nigeria, President Buhari is open to positions that would make Africa stronger and more united.

Algeria’s diplomatic outreach in Abuja is deep and entrenched making Rabat’s job difficult and demanding but not impossible.

Furthermore, Morocco needs to expose Zuma’s toxic and poisons policies that are dividing Africans and keeping Africa’s influence on the international scene weak and laughable. Since his took office in South Africa, the continent influence has been waning.

As Nigeria under Buhari set out to improve its business and economic outlooks to attract international investments, Zuma’s follies continues. His last comment about wanting to be a dictator for six months so he can fix his nation’s ailments is a sign of his feeble state of mind and an embarrassment to all Africans.

Full text: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/11/201482/western-sahara-cop-22-chance-morocco-sway-nigeria-expose-south-africa?utm_content=buffer3d76b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.

Dates: 7-18 November 2016
Location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
Official Cop22: http://www.cop22.ma
Contact: UNFCCC Secretariat
Phone: +49-228 815-1000
Fax: +49-228-815-1999
E-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int
Organizational chart
Abdelâdim Lhafi (Commissaire) Aziz Mekouar (ambassadeur pour la négociation multilatérale)
Nizar Baraka (président du comité scientifique) Hakima Haité, (envoyée spéciale pour la mobilisation)
Driss El Yazami (responsable du pôle de la société civile) Faouzi Lekjaa (responsable du pôle financier)
Samira Sitaïl (responsable du pôle de la communication) Abdeslam Bikrate (responsable du pôle de la logistique et de la sécurité)
Said Mouline (responsable du pôle partenariat public/privé) Mohammed Benyahia (responsable du pôle événements parallèles ''side events'')