Protection for Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Launch of the “Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Climate Action”
- At COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, the Stiftung announces partnership with the Mayors Migration Council to support the Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Climate Action.
- Five cities in sub-Saharan Africa will receive a total of one million US dollars starting in 2022 to help protect migrants from the consequences of climate change.
Stuttgart/Glasgow, November 9 2021 - Five out of ten of the countries most affected by climate change lie in Africa. African cities face a particular challenge: population numbers are rising rapidly as ever more people in rural regions leave their homes and move to cities. There, people living in informal – often illegal – settlements are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change.
With the Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Climate Action, Robert Bosch Stiftung will support five cities in sub-Saharan Africa with a total of one million U.S. dollars to better protect migrants from the consequences of climate change. The Stiftung made the announcement today at the Bloomberg Green Summit on the periphery of the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
Better protection against the effects of climate change
"The effects of climate change are hitting migrants in African cities particularly hard," says Sandra Breka, Executive Director of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. " With the creation of the Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Climate Action, we are helping cities develop measures to better protect people in their often makeshift shelters from extreme weather events such as heat waves or floods." The fund allows financial resources to go directly to projects designed by the cities themselves. In addition, affected residents are involved in the development of projects.
Funds for supporting migrants in global crises
The Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Climate Action will be led by the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), a mayor-led organization to accelerate global responses on migration and displacement, in cooperation with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. It follows in the footsteps of the Global Cities Fund for Inclusive Pandemic Response, initiated by the MMC last year. This fund enabled cities to finance projects to support migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons during the Corona pandemic.