The United Nations System in Morocco draws up a positive assessment – ​​Aujourd’hui le Maroc

The United Nations System in Morocco draws up a positive assessment – ​​Aujourd’hui le Maroc
The United Nations System in Morocco draws up a positive assessment – ​​Aujourd’hui le Maroc

In 2023, the United Nations Development System (UNDS) strengthened its support to Morocco in various critical sectors. Its latest report provides a positive assessment and reveals the progress made in several sectors. This document also highlights areas for improvement to be undertaken.

Employment and economic inclusion, promotion of women’s rights, sustainable development and crisis responses, governance and social protection, education and youth… These are all aspects that have been highlighted by the latest United Nations report on Morocco. “2023 is the first year of implementation of the 2023-2027 Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. This is a key moment, that of the start of the support of the United Nations Development System (UNDS) for Morocco’s reforms and development priorities,” says Nathalie Fustier, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Morocco, in this document which looks at the achievements, challenges and lessons learned during this first year. According to this report, “the year 2023 was marked by significant progress in several strategic areas, but also highlighted the need for sustained action in the face of persistent challenges and crises.
The SNUD positions itself as a key partner for Morocco, supporting strategic initiatives and promoting the exchange of good practices for the effective achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. For the axis relating to inclusive and sustainable economic transformation, the SNUD explains that it has initiated a series of actions to catalyze industrial development, increase energy efficiency and encourage environmental innovation. “These approaches support the transition to a green economy and underline the commitment to the socio-economic progress of the Kingdom. Several programs have been launched to improve the integration and employability of vulnerable populations, including refugees, migrants, and women. In addition, the SNUD has supported the implementation of strategies to boost SMEs and cooperatives, particularly those led by women.” He continued: “These initiatives aim to promote female entrepreneurship while supporting the transition to a greener and more digital economy. The SNUD provided technical support for the prospective approach to skills needs by supporting the development of skills strategies at the level of the sectors selected in consultation with stakeholders.
Finally, a significant effort has been devoted to the preservation of maritime and forest biodiversity, positively influencing the sustainable management of natural resources.
These initiatives include a wide range of actions, from training to financing and marking a step forward in environmental conservation and sustainable development in Morocco.” In terms of human capital, this report notes that in the field of health, the SNUD has focused on capacity building, with more than 1,400 health professionals trained in various specialties. “These efforts have been complemented by support for governance and the development of health policies, particularly through the development of strategic plans against HIV and non-communicable diseases. Concrete actions have also aimed to improve access to health services including reproductive health and intensify the fight against diseases, while strengthening preparedness for public health emergencies,” reports the same source.
Regarding inclusion and social protection, the same document underlines that through various initiatives, the SNUD has affirmed its commitment to supporting Morocco in its social reform efforts and increasing the effectiveness of social protection and inclusion, thus marking a significant step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and improving the living conditions of Moroccan citizens. “To achieve the ambitions of the social protection reform, the SNUD has provided its expertise and technical assistance to the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), contributing to the evaluation of the implementation and financial sustainability of various social projects. A flagship project was the generalization of family allowances to nearly 7 million children via the Direct Social Assistance Program (PASD), targeting approximately 60% of households outside the contributory social security system,” notes the same source. He continued: “At the same time, specific attention was paid to improving the quality of health services, including the fight against HIV, in line with the objective of universal health coverage. The SNUD also supported capacity building at the national level, involving a variety of key actors such as the MEF, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and the CNSS.
Particular attention was paid to multi-sectoral approaches and governance, supporting the extension of social protection to informal workers and facilitating the integration of migrants into the social protection system. Regarding governance, resilience and local development, the report mentions, for example, the empowerment of women and the fight against violence. “Support was directed towards strengthening institutional capacities and inter-sectoral coordination for the care of survivors of violence, in alignment with national law and international protocols.
Awareness-raising activities have reached more than 20,000 people in marginalized areas, and a national conference on the care economy has contributed to the development of public policies promoting the economic participation of women.” Another example cited is that of the promotion of the Amazigh language. In this regard, the same source indicates that “the SNUD has supported the integration of the Amazigh language into public administration at the central level. More than 500 reception and orientation agents have been trained in priority administrations such as health, justice, and culture, as well as in key public institutions such as the National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA), thus ensuring that the Amazigh cultural identity is respected and promoted in public services.”

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