UN Climate Change Conference COP27

How people across African countries are fighting climate crisis

When the UN Climate Change Conference COP27 takes place in Egypt, the focus will be on the African continent, which is one of the hardest hit by climate change. In this dossier, climate activists tell us what gives them hope. We report on how people in the Sahel are fighting land degradation and how international funds can reach the people who really need them. These people show us how it can be done: how to survive (and strive) in the era of climate change.

Women in Africa walk through barren landscape
Ali Moctar (Afroto)
Climate Mobility up to 2050

"We need to harness the mobility on the African continent!"

Youth climate activism

My personal climate goal

Climate activists in African countries talk about their expectations for COP27 – and what they personally want to achieve.
October 24, 2022
Writing about climate change

Climate change in our minds

The African continent is more impacted by climate change than the rest of the world. That’s why African media coverage on risks and adapation is so important. An analysis.
October 24, 2022
Land degradation in Niger

Surviving (and striving) in the age of Climate Change

Ali Moctar (Afroto)
UN Climate Change Conference COP27

“Africa is a unified force to tackle climate change”

Elizabeth Sackey, mayor of the Ghanaian capital Accra, talks about how the city creates better living conditions for migrants. 
October 21, 2022
New ways in philanthropy

How does truly equitable funding work?

Indigenous peoples and women are most affected by climate change, but they receive the least funding and support. Global Greengrants Fund wants to change this.
October 24, 2022
Climate Justice

“The Burdens of Climate Change are Unequally Distributed”

Ottilie Bälz, Senior Vice President for Global Issues, explains the interrelationship between climate change, migration, and inequality.
October 24, 2022
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How can a just transformation of land use contribute to sustaining life and livelihoods?
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How can we shape migration policy, governance, and practice through international cooperation in order to make it humane, far-sighted, and sustainable?
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How can inequalities be addressed and reduced?
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Ottilie Bälz

is Senior Vice President for Global Issues, overseeing the work of the foundation in the thematic areas of climate change and migration. Her portfolio includes climate-resilient land use in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, future issues of migration, and developments in international philanthropy.
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Dr. Raphaela Schweiger

is the Director of the Foundation’s migration program. Her portfolio includes issues of global governance, climate mobility, the relationship between technological change and migration, and the future of refugee and migrant protection.
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