The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, co-chaired, in New York, with his Danish counterpart, Jeppe Kofod, the official launch of the “Pledge to Predictable Payments”.
Speaking at a meeting organized on Wednesday on this occasion, Mr. Bourita underlined that this initiative embodies an action-oriented multilateralism, which remains necessary to act in the current global multidimensional crisis.
“In accordance with its long-standing commitment to multilateralism and the role of the United Nations, Morocco, under the High Vision of HM King Mohammed VI, was among the first Member States to join this initiative”, recalled the minister. Multilateralism is going through its greatest crisis since the founding of the United Nations, as ideological divisions and a narrow focus on national interests threaten the very spirit on which the United Nations organization was founded more than seven years ago. decades, continued Mr. Bourita.
From Morocco’s point of view, restoring confidence in multilateralism and the United Nations requires that the emphasis be placed on practical measures to strengthen its institutions, to make its action not only more effective, but also to meet the needs of the people. , he said, noting that “multilateralism is not a luxury, but a necessity”. “Solid and predictable financial resources are the basic conditions for building the action-oriented multilateralism to which we aspire,” noted the Minister.
The regular payment of contributions to the regular budget of the United Nations is a sine qua non for the proper functioning of the various United Nations agencies, in the light of the challenges imposed on the United Nations, linked in particular to climate change, food security, energy security, and poverty reduction, added Mr. Bourita. “These challenges call into question our collective ability to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” he said.
The Minister, who welcomed the improvement in the financial situation of the United Nations for the financial year 2022, thanks to the appeal launched by the Secretary-General, underlined however that there is still a lot to be done to disappear at the serious financial crisis facing the United Nations. “Indeed, Morocco considers it unacceptable that UN action is dictated by the availability of cash rather than planning and political priorities endorsed by its member states in light of current challenges.”
The Kingdom, whose commitment to multilateralism and the centrality of the United Nations has remained unwavering since its independence, remains committed to regularly paying its contributions to the regular budget of the United Nations within 30 days of the start of the year, assured Mr. Bourita. He added that Morocco also provides support to various United Nations agencies through voluntary contributions, which reached $1.4 million in 2022, in addition to its contribution to the Organization’s regular budget.
Member States are encouraged to pay their contributions in full and on time in order to provide the United Nations with the necessary resources to effectively carry out its missions, which have become all the more crucial in light of the current multidimensional crisis, Mr. Bourita. For his part, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod invited all Member States to sign this commitment “for the planet, for future generations and for our shared prosperity”. The uncertainty of the United Nations regarding the payment of contributions from Member States hinders its ability to carry out its missions and to plan its action, hence the crucial importance of this initiative, he noted.
The official launch of the “Pledge to Predictable Payments” initiative took place on the sidelines of a meeting, marked by the presence of several diplomats and UN officials, including the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations , Omar Hilale. The meeting was an opportunity for the participating countries to proceed with the signing of the appeal aimed at ensuring the regularity of the payment of contributions to the UN budget.
This initiative was initially introduced in September 2021 by a group of United Nations Member States, including Morocco, with the objective of committing to ensuring the regularity of Member States’ contributions to the United Nations regular budget.