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RAFELA-Africa President Rohey Malick Lowe Attends COP27 In Egypt

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Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe at COP27 in Egypt.

By Buba Gagigo

The Lord Mayor of Banjul, who is also President of RAFELA-AFRICA, Mrs. Rohey Malick Lowe, has arrived in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to participate in the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP27.

The theme for this year’s Climate Change Conference, COP27, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt is TOGETHER FOR IMPLEMENTATION.

Writing on her Facebook page on Saturday, the RAFELA-Africa President, delved into some of the objectives and expectations of the global conference.

“As the Mayor of the City of Banjul, The Gambia, and President of REFELA Africa, I feel honored and privileged to take part in this conference and attend high-level meetings addressing issues of climate change,”

“This will serve as a very important step in operationalizing the Paris Agreement – a legally binding international treaty, of which our great nation is an integral part of. The agreement aims to manage climate change and its effects and keep the global temperature below two degrees. You will agree with me that the recent flooding of our city should be a wake-up call to us all that climate change is already here, hence, what can we do about it?

“As I continue to represent the interests of the Gambia, especially the people of Banjul, we will be instrumental in our efforts of integrating sustainable development in our operations in line with the SDGs. The Italian Government through the Secretary General of UCLG Africa has also pledged to help Banjul mitigate the issue of flooding. We are grateful for this pledge, and we look forward to its implementation,” she concluded.

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP27, is the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference and is being held from 6 November until 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It is taking place under the presidency of Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, with more than 90 heads of state and an estimated 35,000 representatives, or delegates, of 190 countries expected to attend. It is the first climate summit held in Africa since 2016.

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