Galumalemana Anne Rasmussen, one of Samoas long serving climate negotiators has been reelected to the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP), representing Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The Bureau members are elected from representatives of Parties nominated by each of the five United Nations regional groups, the African States, Asian States, Eastern European States, Latin American and the Caribbean States, the Western European and Other States and SIDS.
They 11 member Bureau plays an integral part in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
Galumalemanas election for the second year in a row makes her the only Pacific island member of the Bureau. “I look forward to being able to serve our small islands, so our voice is reflected when COP processes are considered,” Galumalemana said in a statement.
The Bureau serves the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) and supports it through advice and guidance regarding the ongoing work under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement.
Galumalemana has negotiated on behalf of Samoa at climate COPs for over 10 years and has co-chaired numerous working groups and contributed to key agenda items under the UNFCCC. She is a respected member of the Pacific climate community and continues to break barriers for women in international climate circles.