Morocco highly guarded to secure upcoming COP22

Rabat, Oct 26 (IANS) Morocco will deploy over 5,000 policemen to protect the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), slated to be held from November 7 to 18 in Marrakesh, a media report said.

According to Assabah daily, at least 800 bodyguards will also be mobilised to protect around 120 world leaders who are expected to attend the conference, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Nearly 100 new surveillance cameras have been set up at different sites in the city of Marrakesh.

The report also said that at least 40,000 visitors are expected to come from all over the world to Morocco to take part in the conference.

The historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, adopted in COP21 in 2015, will enter into force on November 4 after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global emissions, have ratified the agreement.

Under the Paris Agreement, nations have agreed to combat climate change and to unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future.