Focal Points play a critical role in coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Gaborone Declaration.
The GDSA has both associate member countries and signatory member countries. Associate member countries are those that have expressed a formal interest to join the GDSA and have nominated a government Focal Point to facilitate communication. Signatory countries are those that have not only nominated a government Focal Point but those that have signed the Gaborone Declaration as well.
National Focal Points are the primary point of contact for Gaborone Declaration matters and act as liaisons with the Secretariat. The Focal Points are involved in communication, information dissemination, representation, collaboration with stakeholder groups, and monitoring, promoting and/or facilitating national implementation of the Gaborone Declaration.
Learn more about the Focal Points and their diverse experiences and perspectives through interviews conducted at the Focal Points meeting in February 2016.
Ms. Tsalano Kedikilwe
GDSA Focal Point for Botswana
Ms. Kedikilwe is the Principal Natural Resource Officer 2 within the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation, and Tourism.
Gabon has nominated three Focal Points, as follows:
Pr. Lee White
Executive Secretary, Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux
Mme Sonia Olendo
Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
M. Ludovic Ngok Banak
Advisor, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
Mr. Peter Dery
GDSA Focal Point for Ghana
Mr. Dery is the Deputy Director within Ghana’s Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.
Mr. Jeremiah Sokan
GDSA Focal Point for Liberia
Mr. Sokan is the National Coordinator of Climate Change Secretariat at the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia.
Ms Teresa Magalhaes Pinto
GDSA Focal Point for Mozambique
Ms. Pinto works for Mozambique’s National Council for Sustainable Development.
Mr. Timotheo Mande
GDSA Focal Point for Tanzania
Mr. Mande is the GDSA Focal Point within the Division of Environment, Vice President's Office.
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