Report ‘Cities At The Intersection: Culture, Climate, and Migration’
Taking the inputs from the workshop as a starting point, research was conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Indian Institute for Human Settlement. The research report ‘Cities At The Intersection: Culture, Climate, and Migration’ is built around four case studies of cities and towns in the global South and North, offering insight into ongoing city-level actions to enable “safe and orderly migration.” While drawing from leading scientific and scholarly findings, the report seeks to be accessible to a wide array of urban stakeholders and policymakers.
Call to Action on Climate Migration
The outcome of all the mayoral debates on climate migration led to the Call to Action “Climate Change, Cities and Forced Migration: Advancing Knowledge, Action and Collaboration” that the GPM launched in early November. The Call to Action has been signed by more than 40 mayors together with city networks representing hundreds of cities and metropolitan areas around the world. GPM Chair Mayor Peter Kurz (Mannheim, Germany) addressed the urgent issue of climate migration at COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Workshop ‘Uniting Mayors: Local Solutions to Global Climate Challenges’
To support cities in their commitments to implement the Call to Action, the Global Parliament of Mayors, in partnership with the British Council, organized an in-depth workshop connecting Mayors from the Global North and South, city networks, and international organizations to explore concrete avenues for cooperation on the urgent topic of climate migration, supported by existing or future projects, programs and tools. This event had place on March 23rd, 2022, and was comprised of two sessions: the first one, ‘Cultural Heritage and Education’ explored initiatives to strengthen awareness among local communities regarding the values of cultural assets, protect cultural heritage, and develop educational programmes. Session 2 ‘Building better data and resources’ focused on opportunities to advance the exchange of evidence-based data and knowledge is discussed, and engage with international institutions, local NGOs, and private investors to prepare for climate displacement and migration proactively.