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Morocco and the UN Celebrated the First International Argan Day

Written by FDM

Morocco and the United Nations celebrated on May 10, 2021, the first International Argan Day. This celebration crowns the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco in promoting the Argan tree as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity and an ancestral source of resilient and sustainable development.

The proclamation of this international day follows the adoption of a resolution, presented by Morocco, to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on March 3, 2021. A resolution adopted by consensus of all member states and by which Morocco has mobilized the international community around this cause of the safeguard and development of the Argan tree.

The proclamation by the UN of the International Argan Tree Day is thus an international recognition of the Kingdom’s efforts, under the High Guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in the protection and enhancement of the argan tree, in particular thanks to the launch of a global development program for argan growing over an area of 10,000 ha in Morocco.

This UN resolution recognizes the colossal contribution of the argan sector in the implementation of the 17 objectives of the 2030 agenda and the achievement of sustainable development in its three dimensions: economic, social, and environmental. It also highlights the role of this sector in the empowerment and emancipation of rural women, the strengthening of the solidarity economy, the eradication of poverty, and human development through the support and promotion of the role cooperatives and other forms of agricultural organization active in the argan sector.

A high-level event was organized on the occasion of this first celebration in hybrid format on May 10. The event was followed around the world, live on United Nations web TV, as well as on YouTube and social networks.