The Moroccan Parliament’s Quest for Tolerance and Sustainability
Moroccan Parliament Advocates for Tolerant Islam
The Moroccan Parliament has called for the propagation and promotion of the values of tolerant Islam, specifically through the efforts of the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams Morchidines and Morchidates. This plea was made during a meeting of the presidents of the parliaments of the member states of the Parliamentary Union of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (UPCI), convened via video conference.
Addressing Islamophobia and Promoting Coexistence
The First Vice-President of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Sabbari, emphasized the need to raise awareness about the perils of Islamophobia. In the recommendations he presented on behalf of the Moroccan Parliament, Sabbari highlighted issues such as the recurrent desecrations of the Holy Quran and the need for Islamic solidarity to address climate change. He stressed the importance of promoting dialogue and coexistence among different religions, communities, and cultures, and raising awareness about the dangers of hate speech and Islamophobia.
UN Resolution against Desecration and Hate Speech
Sabbari brought to light the unanimous adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly last July, presented by Morocco, condemning desecration of the Holy Quran and hate speech. This resolution vehemently condemns any acts of violence against individuals due to their religion or beliefs, as well as any acts against their religious symbols or holy books. This resolution aligns with King Mohammed VI’s forward-thinking, supportive, and humanistic vision to combat the dangers of hatred propagated by violent extremism, obscurantism, populism, and racism of all kinds. Sabbari called for efforts towards preserving peace, stability, and mutual respect among cultures and religions.
Climate Change: A Challenge for the Arab and Islamic World
In addition to hate speech and Islamophobia, Sabbari noted that the Arab and Islamic world is grappling with other severe challenges, including the effects of climate change. He proposed the adoption of sustainability as an approach to mitigate the impacts of climate change and facilitate access for developing countries to renewable energy production mechanisms. This would enable them to develop without the dependence on polluting fossil fuels.
Water Resource Management: Sharing Morocco’s Expertise
Sabbari urged the need to assist Muslim countries with extremely low water resources to optimize their resources by developing alternative solutions such as water desalination and dam construction. He noted that Morocco is eager to share its rich experience in this field, being one of the pioneering countries in this domain, thanks to its dam construction policy adopted since its independence.
Morocco’s Commitment to Combat Climate Change
Furthermore, Sabbari recalled that Morocco has been voluntarily and actively committed to combating the negative phenomena associated with climate change since its participation in the Rio Conference in 1992. Morocco has consistently supported the efforts of international organizations to adopt a global framework to lay the foundations for sustainable development and combat the effects of climate change.
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