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4. The international seminar – Essaouira 24/26 November 1997

Bearing in mind the urgent actions to be taken and given the assembled information, at the request of the Moroccan authorities, a seminar was organized by UNESCO from 24 to 26 November 1997, with the Province and the Municipality of Essaouira, the Ministries concerned and the UNCHS/Agenda 21. It was attended by representatives of the municipalities of small and medium size coastal towns, potential partners for Essaouira, experts from the various scientific domains concerned, and local and international non-governmental organizations.

See: Annex 1: Programme of the seminar
  Annex 2: List of participants

4.1 Opening ceremony

The UNESCO seminar "Urban Development and Water Resources: Small Coastal Cities" was inaugurated on 24 November 1997 in the Grand Hall of the Province of Essaouira, in the presence of some 300 participants, including the mayors or representatives of the various municipalities, hydrologists, oceanographers, sociologists, economists, architects and Moroccan and international urban planners.

The ceremony was presided over by Monsieur AndrÚ Azoulay, Economic Advisor to His Majesty King Hassan II, in the presence of Monsieur Amine Belcadi, Governor of the Province of Essaouira; Monsieur Tahar Afify, President of the Municipal Council of Essaouira; Monsieur Ali Kazancigil, Director of the Division of Social and Human Sciences on behalf of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences, Madame Francine Fournier; Madame Aziza Benani, Secretary of State for Culture, and Monsieur Abdelaziz Meziane Belfkih, Minister of Agriculture, Equipment and Environment. Welcoming speeches and addresses were made in plenary.

4.2 Municipalities present at the seminar

Following the opening ceremony, the first day of the UNESCO international seminar was dedicated to the presentation of past and current experiences in the towns that are potential partners in the project. These presentations were given by the mayors or their direct representatives, from the following towns:

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