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Gambian selected Belgium Student Ambassador for Cop22

Oct 19, 2016, 10:50 AM | Article By: Alieu Bobb

Jimmy Hendry Nzally, a Gambian student doing his second master’s in Linguistics and Literary Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, has been accepted into the ‘Belgium Student Ambassador’ programme.

This would give Mr Nzally the opportunity to attend the next UN Climate Change Summit (Cop22) to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco.

The Belgium Student Ambassador is a prestigious programme that is aimed at exposing Belgian university students into critical global challenges facing the world.

Nzally said he had been admitted into the programme after going through a competitive application process followed by an interview alongside some of the brightest students from top universities in the whole of Belgium.

A total of just six students were selected to become student ambassadors for Cop22.  They would be participating behind the scenes to gain a better understanding of the negotiations.

The conference is to take place 7 - 18 November 2016 and it is the 22nd edition of the UN Climate Change Conference.

The conference is expected to bring together leaders from around the world to close a global deal that will finally put the world on the road towards a low-carbon and sustainable future. 

 Mr Nzally said he felt deeply grateful and thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Belgium Student Ambassador to attend the conference.

He is doing his master’s in Belgium through a scholarship called “Erasmus mundus”.

In August this year, he was awarded the ‘National Merit Award’ by the Balance Show on the Gambia Radio and Television Services for his contributions toward national development.

Nzally had worked with several NGOs in the country, the University of The Gambia, American Corner as intern, World Food Programme, International Monetary Fund, Options Consultancy Service Limited, etc.