11 March, 2022 – The GPM is honoured to welcome its newest member, Mayor Manuel de Araújo of Quelimane, Mozambique. Mayor de Araújo has been mayor of Quelimane since December 2011. He has served as a Member of Parliament for Maganja da Costa Constituency, Zambezia Province, Shadow Minister for Youth, Sports, Tourism and Culture and Shadow Secretary of State for Europe, North, Central and South America.

Mayor de Araújo was elected (2018) ICLEI’s Member of the Global Executive Committee in charge of Resilience (Co-Chair). In 2017, de Araújo was elected ICLEI’s Vice – President for Africa.

Mayor de Araújo was a Campaigner for the Portuguese and Spanish African Speaking Countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe) and a Campaign Coordinator for the Southern African Development Community Project on Policing and Human Rights at Amnesty International (London). Previously, he was a researcher for the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) Human Development Report Project.

Mayor de Araújo contributed to the founding of the GPM in 2016 and participated in several events that the GPM organized in the past few years.

The GPM is very pleased that Mayor de Araújo has been able to formally accept the GPM membership and looks forward to working more closely with the city of Quelimane in the coming years.