King of Morocco’s climate change gift to Pacific island countries – all expenses paid to COP22

By Morocco World News
October 10, 2016
Marakech, Morocco—Morocco has announced it would pay for “Travel Expenses and Accommodation” for Pacific island countries’ Heads of State and their delegations to the United Nations climate summit, called COP22, taking place in Morocco next month.
The High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI was formally announced by Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale during a ceremony where the European Union presented their ratification instruments that enabled the Paris Agreement to cross the necessary ratification thresholds.
Mr Hilale said the royal decision is an act of solidarity to allow the Heads of State for Pacific island countries – the most vulnerable to climate change – to attend the Marrakech conference to highlight their vision to meet the challenges of climate change.
The President of the UN General Assembly, Fiji’s Peter Thomson, asked Mr Hilale to convey his deep gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for the noble royal gesture.
Mr Hilale also welcomed and re-emphasized the EU’s ratification of the Paris Agreement, which allowed the crossing of the Paris Agreement’s double threshold of ratification: 55 countries and 55 percent of emissions.