Mamadou Diop was a man of strong ideas. He was deeply committed to building the African municipal movement. It was at his initiative that the meeting of African mayors was held in Dakar in 1997, where the idea for the Africities Summits was born. The first Africities Summit was organized in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in January 1998 and has become one of the continent’s flagship events. Mr. Diop’s loss will be felt by the entire African movement of local authorities.
On this sad occasion, I would like, on behalf of the President and the Executive Committee of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and on behalf of the African Community of Local Authorities as well as in my own name, to express our greatest sympathy and sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Diop, to his relatives and friends, and to his collaborators in the city of Dakar as well as to the Senegalese people. We share their deep loss and sorrow.
In Mamadou Diop, we have lost a tireless advocate for decentralization and local governance, a man who left his indelible mark on the African and global municipal movement.
May his soul rest in peace in the land of our ancestors.
Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI,
Secretary General, UCLG Africa