Morocco Elected Member of Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf

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Morocco was elected as a member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for the period 2023-2028 during the elections held on the occasion of the 32nd Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which is held from 13 to 17 June 2022 in New York.

The candidacy of Morocco, in the person of Professor Miloud Loukili, won with 117 votes, after an intense diplomatic campaign of promotion, which has mobilized the entire Moroccan diplomatic apparatus

Several African countries, namely Morocco, Angola, Kenya, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, and Algeria were candidates for this Commission, notes the statement, noting that among the African candidates, the candidates of Morocco (117 votes), Ghana (131 votes), Kenya (123 votes), Angola (116 votes), and Madagascar (115 votes), were elected by a two-thirds majority.

Thus, among the African candidates, Algeria and Mozambique were not elected to this important Commission.

This electoral success also reflects the great credibility enjoyed by the Kingdom's maritime strategy, under the High Vision of His Majesty the King, to promote the blue economy as a lever for development in Africa.

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf is one of the three bodies created by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, along with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

Composed of twenty-one members elected on the basis of equitable geographical distribution, the Commission's mandate is to issue recommendations on the delimitation of the Continental Shelf submitted by coastal States parties to the Convention.

The Kingdom ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 2007. This instrument constitutes the foundation of the international maritime order.

Mr. Loukili is a professor of international law and an eminent expert in maritime studies known for his probity and intellectual integrity. He has extensive experience in the multilateral process related to the law of the sea.

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