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Accepting the award Minister El Haite said: "I am very honored to receive this distinction. This decoration reflects the excellence of the friendship which unites Morocco and France. I will continue to campaign for the protection of the environment as a human right."
Presented to her by former Prime Minister Laurent Fabiuson on behalf of President François Hollande, the decoration recognised Mrs El Haité’s career and commitment to the ecological cause both nationally and internationally for her will to “implement the ecological momentum".
Minister El-Haite played a pivotal role during the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Summit (COP 21) in Paris, which saw all permanent member states of the UN agree to lower global warming well below 2 Degrees Celcius, and subsequently hosted the most recent UN Summit, COP 22, in Marrakech, Morocco where member states debated the implementation of the reached agreement.