The Mayor of Banjul, Rohey Malick Lowe has been sub-listed in the run-up for elections for the President of African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum; ACCSF. Mayor Lowe will be contesting the position against the Mayors of Dakar; Senegal, Rabat; Morocco, and Lilongwe; Malawi. The President of the ACCSF Presidium represents the political leadership of the ACCSF. Apart from being the main promoter of the ACCSF to institutions (such as the African Union) and during conferences, he/she is in charge of the strategic direction and development of the ACCSF (with the support of the secretariat) He/she will also represent symbolically his/her pairs, Mayors and Governors of the African Capital Cities.
Due to the fact that a physical event cannot take place this year, candidates were invite on the 17th September 2020 to take part in the strategic discussion on the future of the ACCSF and its decision-making process. The event paved the way for the ACCSF Presidium, aimed at providing leadership and direction; maintaining the momentum of the ACCSF; as well as driving continued engagements, support and progress on meeting the Sustainability agenda in African capital cities. The ACCSF Mayors were all invited to be candidates for one of the positions of the ACCSF Presidium. The webinar will be followed by a 3-week voting period to elect the new President, Vice-President and Second Vice-President of the ACCSF for a 3-year term.
African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum is a powerful, growing network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent to achieve the sustainable development goals that are common to all. It is a glowing opportunity to establish commonalities and challenges faced by major cities in Africa while showcasing and sharing successful initiatives towards the emergence of truly African, original and appropriate answers in addressing the sustainability imperative at the urban scale. Key challenges threatening growth and development in African include rapid urbanisation, energy and water access and stresses, sanitation, the global economic slowdown, rising unemployment and social inequities, trade facilitation, connectivity, land and biodiversity degradation, amongst others, and on top of this the significant and growing impacts of climate change