The Global Greens community are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of a cherished friend and colleague, Prof. Papa Meisa Dieng. Papa Dieng was a key pillar of the African Greens Federation, having been the Secretary General for eight years, in addition to leading La Convergence des Ecologistes du Sénégal.
We express our heartfelt condolences to Papa Dieng’s family, friends, colleagues, and the people of Senegal.
Eulogy from Adamou Garba, President of the African Greens Federation
‘A baobab of Ecology in Africa is gone’
The entire family of the African Greens Federation is in deep sorrow after the sudden death, on Friday August 20, 2021 of the Professor, Papa Meissa DIENG, formerly President of the “Convergence des Ecologistes du Senegal” (CES), founding member of the Federation of African Green political parties and its former Secretary General.
Through his disappearance, the continental structure of Greens both in Africa have lost one of its valiant actors. He was a true defender and promoter of the values and principles of Ecology in Africa and throughout the world. He always worked to bring the voice of Africa to the international scene and other levels in Africa. Above all, he trained several actors on environmental, ecological and developmental issues. This has been part of all the fights waged by environmentalists around the world. His intelligence and hard work sought faith. Alas, a thousand times alas!
Professor Papa Meissa Dieng, you fought the good fight because you knew how to make yourself useful for your community and your compatriots.
On behalf of all Green Parties and Green Movements in Africa and on my own behalf, I offer our sincere condolences to your biological family, your CES comrades and all the Senegalese people.
Professor, Companion, go and rest in peace. May the free land of Senegal be light to you.
23 August 2021
Eulogy from Patricia Maldonado, co-President of the Federation of the Parties of the Americas (FPVA)
In the beginning there was Papa Meissa Dieng.
We remember him today as what he was in his entirety, a wise man, generous with his knowledge, always ready to take the path of peace, a great friend of the Greens of the Americas.
For decades, the Greens of Africa and the Americas have traveled the path of ecology together. Together we dreamed saving the wonderful natural heritage of our continents, together we forged the organizations that today unite the whole world, together we advanced in the awareness of our peoples. Papa Meissa Dieng made this journey of faith and his strength helped to consolidate who we are today.
The Federation of Green Parties of the Americas offers its condolences to its Green brothers in Africa, to the loved ones of Papa Meissa Dieng and to all the people of Senegal who have lost an exceptional environmentalist who contributed to making their lives better.
25 August 2021
Eulogy from the Asia Pacific Greens Federation
The Asia Pacific Greens Federation offers its condolences to Africa Greens for the demise of Mr. Meissa Dieng. Our thoughts go to his family and the environmental team in Senegal.
His legacy would be to follow his inspiring example towards a Green future with better Green policies and Green justice.