Marrakech, Nov 11 (IANS) Latin America and MENA countries were called upon to boost cooperation in renewable energy during a conference, which is part of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here.

The theme of this conference was “Renewable Energy: Reducing Carbon Emission, Experiences of Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Latin America countries and the Caribbean”.

During the meet, international experts and researchers in the field of renewable energy called for promoting the deployment of renewable energy as a mitigation measure of strong impact in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, Morocco’s MAP news agency reported on Thursday.

The conference was initiated by the Council for Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC), in collaboration with OCP Policy Center, University of Maryland (US), Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), and the Ministry of Municipality and the Environment of Qatar.

The conference was an opportunity to exchange expertise and lessons learned in these regions that have developed interesting experiences in the field of renewable energy, capitalising on their natural resources: wind, sun and wind.

MENA countries extend from Morocco to Iran, including all Middle Eastern Mashriq and Maghreb countries, and have a population of 355 million.