The British Council, C40 Cities-Mayors Migration Council Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and Migration (C40-MMC Task Force), the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM), and International Organization for Migration (IOM) join together to host a side event of the UN High Level Political Forum on climate change and human mobility.
The 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report reveals that land degradation is already negatively impacting the livelihoods and well-being of at least 3.2 billion people, while rising sea levels could submerge the homeland of 280 million people by the end of this century. These climate change challenges will reflect on internal and international population movements. While it is today widely recognized that environmental migration is complex and multifaceted, we also know that most people’s journeys will lead them to cities.

 

Cities deal with the realities of climate change and human mobility on a daily basis — from protecting residents from extreme heat and fires, flooding, and landslides, to welcoming people displaced by the effects of climate change domestically or abroad, to promoting climate justice and leaving no one behind in the green transition. It is in cities that the local-level implications on planning, service provision, and access to resources and opportunities —or lack thereof—will be felt most acutely.

Migration and climate change issues are core concerns for current and future sustainable development, which cannot be addressed in silos. This event serves as a bridge between the review of SDGs 10 and 13, as well as related goals, like SDG 7 This roundtable discussion will bring together mayors, national government representatives,
and multilateral organizations. Interpretation in English, French, and Spanish will be provided.
Guiding questions
  • What actions are you taking/planning to take to address climate-related mobility? How will you ensure climate action includes migrants and displaced communities, to meet your commitments to the SDGs and related frameworks?
  • What do you need from partners (other levels of government, financial institutions, UN bodies, etc.) to better address the impact of climate change on human mobility? What can you offer?
  • How can local authorities and national governments work together to jointly address climate change and its impact on human mobility, to better meet the SDGs at a global scale?

 

Organizers

 

British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding, and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education, and the English language. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by the Royal Charter and a UK public body. The British Council is leading The Climate Connection, a global programme that brings
people around the world together to meet the challenges of climate change in the lead up to COP26. Through arts and culture, education, and the English language, it is about ideas, innovation, and real change. Our partnership with the Global Parliament of Mayors forms part of our policy engagement strand, connecting cities from around the world and sharing local solutions to climate-related challenges.

 

C40 Cities-Mayors Migration Council Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and
Migration (C40-MMC Task Force)
The C40 Cities (C40) and the Mayors Migration Council (MMC) Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and Migration is a mayor-led initiative to address the impact of the climate crisis on migration in cities, inspired by C40’s Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. Mayors deal with the realities of climate change and migration on a daily basis. This includes protecting residents from extreme heat, wildfires, flooding, or landslides, and welcoming people displaced by climate impacts domestically or internationally. Mayors are also setting the global agenda in promoting climate justice and leaving no one behind in the green transition. To date, their efforts have been delivered with limited resources and fragmented policy and financing regimes.

The C40-MMC Task Force will drive forward an Action Agenda in partnership with migrant and refugee community leaders, business leaders, and experts to be presented at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in November 2021 in dialogue with national and regional counterparts. The C40-MMC Task Force is co-led by the Mayor of Dhaka North, Bangladesh and the Mayor of Freetown, Sierra and includes as members the Mayors of Barcelona, Spain; Bristol, United Kingdom; Dakar, Senegal; Houston, United States; Lima, Peru; Los Angeles, United States; and Milan, Italy.

Global Parliament of Mayors
The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) is a governance body of, by, and for mayors from all continents with a vision of the world in which Mayors, their cities, and networks are equal partners in building global governance for an inclusive and sustainable world. The mission of the GPM is to facilitate the debate between mayors, national governments, and international organizations, drive systematic action to take on global and national challenges, and
opportunities to achieve political change on a global scale. Mayors take leadership and ownership of the global challenges that they face on a local level.

In partnership with the British Council the GPM has developed the project “Uniting Mayors: Local Solutions to Global Climate Challenges”. The project brings together mayors and communities worldwide to explore the impact of climate change – particularly on communities in low-lying areas in the Global South – and to share ideas and collaborate on city solutions and response strategies. City leaders have a vital role to play in responding to this challenge – both in terms of helping their cities to become carbon neutral and deal with the effects of climate change and in terms of dealing with climate displacement and migration. The main output of the project is a mayoral ‘Call to Action’ that will be published prior to COP26.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners. It works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration challenges, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. In the environment and climate change field, IOM has been at the forefront of operational, research, policy, and advocacy efforts, seeking to bring environmental migration to the heart of international, regional, and national concerns in collaboration with the Member States and partners.

 

Uniting Mayors: Local Solutions to Global Climate Challenges