Mayors at the Kickoff Event 

Adelaide, Australia

Mayor Sandy Verschoor

Afanloum, Cameroon

Mayor Marie Angele Meyanga

Banjul, the Gambia

Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe
Champion Climate Mayor

Bern, Switzerland

Mayor Alec von Graffenried

Braga, Portugal

Mayor Ricardo Rio

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr

Glasgow, Scotland

Councillor Susan Aitken
Host COP26

Heidelberg, Germany

Mayor Eckart Würzner

Hoima, Uganda

Mayor Grace Mary Mugasa

Iganga, Uganda

Mayor Balaba David

Mannheim, Germany

Mayor Peter Kurz
GPM Chair

Nebbi, Uganda

Mayor Geoffrey Ngiriker

Quelimane, Mozambique

Mayor Manuel de Araújo

Palermo, Italy

Mayor Leoluca Orlando
Champion Climate Mayor

Rochester Hills, USA

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett

Invitation Letter
by Champion Climate Mayors


At the project kickoff, GPM Champion Climate Mayors Rohey Malick Lowe (Banjul, the Gambia) and Mayor Ricardo Rio (Braga, Portugal) will share their first-hand perspectives about the importance of addressing climate change and climate-related migration. Why have these Mayors decided to become Champion Climate Mayors and why should other Mayors join? They will address the importance of cooperation between mayors in order to have a global impact. Together with the research team Professor Sheila Foster (Georgetown University) and Associate Professor Amal Amakrane (Columbia University) they will present how people-centred action through local communities can address climate change-related migration, and support Mayors in their efforts to develop innovative urban responses to climate change and climate-related migration.

Research Team

Sheila Foster

Professor of Law and Public Policy
Georgetown University

Kamal Amakrane

Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

Raghuveer Ramkumar

Senior Strategy Advisor, Arup Group
Doctoral Candidate, University of Bamberg