Strategic Axes of Rabat Ministerial Declaration on Middle Income Countries highlighted in New York

The strategic axes of the Rabat Ministerial Declaration on Middle-Income Countries (MICs) adopted at the closing of the high-level International Conference on MICs, which was held February 5 – 6 in Morocco’s capital was highlighted by Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale in New York.

The Declaration presentation took place at the UN headquarters in the presence of ambassadors of Member States, partners, and representatives of several UN agencies, including the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The participants thanked and congratulated the Kingdom for the strategic vision it has devised for MICs at the level of the United Nations and vis-à-vis international financial institutions.

The Ambassador recalled that the February conference, held at the initiative of Morocco, in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Africa and UNDP, under the theme “Solutions to the development challenges of middle-income countries in a changing world”, achieved its objectives.

He explained that Morocco succeeded in bringing together MICs from Africa, Asia and Latin America that engaged in collective reflection on concrete and action-oriented solutions to reorganize development cooperation with and between all middle-income countries.

The conference made it possible to rethink cooperation frameworks at the national, regional, and international levels to support MICs, noted Hilale, adding that this conclave also succeeded in promoting the emergence of a new “strong and positive” narrative meant to reorganize development cooperation with middle-income countries with a view to meeting their expectations and needs, as well as the challenges they face.

The diplomat further stated that the Rabat Declaration called for a paradigm shift in international cooperation in the service of sustainable development, by inviting United Nations entities, funds, and programs to further develop specific strategies to engage and provide tailored support to middle-income countries.

This Declaration also supports the proposal of the UN Secretary-General to establish a high-level expert group to advance the selection of multidimensional indicators that complement or go beyond GDP, he indicated.

Under this Declaration, it was also decided to work towards the development of a Strategic Action Plan for MICs for the period 2025-2030 and to promote dialogue, coordination, and cooperation to defend and make the interests of MICs heard.

The active participation of several countries and the UN system during this briefing demonstrates the great interest in the Moroccan initiative as well as in its outcome: the Rabat Ministerial Declaration having become an official document of the General Assembly for the current session.

The participants highly praised the Kingdom’s commitment and the efforts made by Moroccan diplomacy to highlight MICs’ priorities at the international level.

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