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Morocco Exhorts UNSC To Sanction Aid Diverters

Morocco called upon the United Nations Security Council to adopt sanctions against anyone responsible for misappropriating humanitarian aid.
Morocco’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Omar Kadiri, at an open debate on famine and conflict-induced global food insecurity, chaired by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York, cited Resolution 2417, which draws a stark connection between armed conflict and violence on the one hand, and conflict-related food insecurity and the prospect of famine on the other. That resolution was unanimously approved by the Security Council five years ago.
The resolution also strongly condemns, among other things, violations of international humanitarian law, such as the intentional obstruction of the delivery of humanitarian aid. Relying on operational paragraph 9 of the resolution, Kadiri urged the Security Council to adopt sanctions against persons or entities responsible for misdirecting humanitarian aid and who obstruct the delivery, distribution or access to such aid.
The official also suggested that the role of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in making food security a key component of establishing and maintaining peace, while taking into account the unique characteristics of each country and mobilizing the necessary resources, be strengthened.
Kadiri emphasized that food security and the sustainability of food systems are strategic goals for Morocco at the national, regional, and international levels, pointing out that these endeavors are at the heart of Morocco’s South-South cooperation with neighboring countries, particularly in Africa.
In 2016 at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco launched the “Triple A Initiative” for the adaptation of African agriculture to climate change. Similary, the “Triple S Initiative” aims to support sustainability, stability, and security in Africa through agriculture.
In the same vein, three Climate Commissions were established in Africa at the African Summit for Action held in the wake of COP22 to combat climate change, which is the primary cause of food insecurity, Kadiri said. He added that Morocco is providing political, financial, and technical support for the effective implementation of its crucial mandates.
To boost food security in Africa, the Kingdom has allocated millions of tons of fertilizers to the continent over several decades, according to Kadiri. In 2023, Morocco granted more than four million tons of fertilizer to African farmers, more than double the amount in 2021, thereby providing support to more than 44 million African farmers.
While Morocco has called for proactive international action to end serious threats posed by hunger and food security in several regions of the world, especially in Africa, Kadiri reiterated Morocco’s full support for the Secretary-General’s implementation of the Global Crisis Task Force on Food, Energy, and Finance.