Over 143 million people will be displaced by 2050 in Africa, Latin America and South Asia if we do not take steps to address climate change (World Bank). We must act now. The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) has joined forces with the British Council to put a spotlight on city leaders and the importance of local action.

Mayors are optimally placed to address local challenges associated with climate displacement, working in tandem with their national and regional counterparts. The GPM will support these city leaders with tools and resources to take local action to address this global challenge. With the project ‘Uniting Mayors for Local Solutions to Global Climate Challenges’, the GPM will empower city leaders, from the Global North and South, especially low-lying areas threatened by rising sea levels, to ensure that their voices are heard among decision-makers on the global climate emergency. The GPM will also ensure that the voices of women, young people and diverse voices are included in the debate. Join the project ‘Uniting Mayors for Local Solutions to Global Climate Challenges’ to take part in an innovative urban response to climate change and climate-related migration and drive real global change!


Two dynamic and engaging virtual debates for mayors will be organised in April and June. Mayors will debate how to move forward both in their own communities, to protect their citizens from the threats of climate change, and together, as a governance body, to build up a coalition of mayors and communities to make real change. In October, Mayors will deliver a Call to Action, a uniting front to accelerate action on climate-related migration by promoting, guiding, monitoring and sharing experience on climate resilience amongst mayors. City networks and international organisations will be invited to join the debate and support the Call to Action. This Mayors Call to Action will be an integral framework, bringing together mayors to present their plans and push for climate-resilient action at COP-26 that will take place from 1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow (UK).

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.

Champion Climate Mayors

Braga, Portugal

Mayor Ricardo Rio

Banjul, the Gambia

Mayor Rohey Malick Lowe

Palermo, Italy

Mayor Leoluca Orlando

Mayors at the Kickoff Event 

Adelaine, 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

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