World Bank removed erroneous maps

The World Bank has yesterday removed erroneous maps of Morocco that mistakenly included the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara.

See also: World Bank in discordance with the UN on Western Sahara.
Published: 28.05 - 2020 18:23Printer version    
This article is under construction and will be amended when more information is received.

Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) wrote on 27 May that the World Bank had posted information about Morocco's offshore wind potential, but including the territory of Western Sahara.

A part of the non-self-governing territory is under illegal Moroccan occupation.

The World Bank communicated to 28 May 2020 that "action is being taken to remove the map that includes Western
Sahara" and that it will come back to WSRW with further response. Shortly after, the World Bank removed the incorrect portal and maps.

WSRW wrote the bank on 27 May, including the following questions:

1. Will the World Bank remove the abovementioned map that depicts Morocco as including Western Sahara, to make it aligned with UN cartography of the Kingdom of Morocco?
2. Will the World Bank remove the portal site on Morocco’s offshore wind potential that lumps Western Sahara in with Morocco?
3. What is the source of the statistical data included on the map that includes Western Sahara?
4. Has the statistical data on the offshore wind energy potential been shared with the United Nations, bearing a special responsibility for the Territory, as no administering power has been appointed to it?
5. Has the statistical data on the offshore wind energy potential been shared with the Polisario Front, recognised by the UN as the political representation of the people of Western Sahara?
6. Why has the World Bank opted to publish two different portal sites and maps, and not limited itself to only present information that is relevant to Morocco proper?
7. Can the World Bank guarantee that it will not invest in any projects in Western Sahara, nor facilitate such business, as long as the conflict has not been settled in line with international law?



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