Saharawi President Ghali to Attend African Climate Summit 2023 in Nairobi

Saharawi President Brahim Ghali delivers a speech at the African Climate Summit

Saharawi President Brahim Ghali arrived in Nairobi on Sunday to take part in the African Climate Summit 2023 hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union.

The Summit kicked off on Monday and will last until Friday under the theme “Driving green growth and climate finance solutions for Africa and the world”.

It’s set out to address a range of issues related to the impact of Climate change on the African continent.

In his address to the forum, Ghali Spoke about the many Climate challenges the Sahrawi Republic grapplers with, which are exacerbated by Moroccan occupation.

Rabat had driven out over 200,000 refugees to regions of harsh environmental conditions in Tindouf, Southern Algeria.

“Morocco occupation practices that violate international law, and go without any accountability, such as settlements, the plundering of fishery and depleting water and agricultural resources, exacerbate the impact of climate change,” said the Saharawi president.

Ghali has been vocal in calling for the right and obligation of the Saharawi Republic to share its experience of living under harsh climate conditions with the rest of the world.

“It is imperative to ensure Sahrawis’ participation in the UN Framework Convention on climate change and Paris Climate Agreement”, added the Saharawi president.

On Nov. 2021, Polisario Leadership launched its first National Official Climate Plan outlining the impact of climate change on the Western Sahara.

Polisario Front Leaders accuse Morocco of using Western Sahara’s renewable energy and low emissions to greenwash its climate statistics.

Rabat prides itself on being one of the leading countries in climate change. it sets a promising goal of reaching 53% of its renewable energy by 2030. But much of the generated energy is being done illegally in the context of occupation.

Occupied territories of western Sahara are rich in renewable energy, which Morocco relies heavily on to shift towards solar and clean wind energy.

Rabat seeks to meet its electricity needs and reduce dependence on energy imports, which represent more than 90%.

The study issued by the OCP Group 2020 under the title “Sustainability Report” shows that energy produced from wind in Western Sahara could make up 47% of the total wind energy in Morocco by 2030.

On Sept. 2021, the EU court annulled the EU-Morocco trade deal covering fishery and agricultural products coming from Western Sahara as they were made without the consent of the people of Western Sahara.