Local Action, Global Impact
The MMC 2020-2022 Impact Report
The MMC was founded in 2018 by mayors for mayors to help cities get a seat at the global policy table as equal decision-making partners and to unlock financial and other resources so mayors can accelerate and scale local solutions. In just five years, The MMC has turned from a US$2 million initiative into a US$20 million organization backed by over 225 cities and 25 partners worldwide. This report presents key highlights of our work and accomplishments from 2020–2022.
More than ever before migrants and refugees are looking to cities for safety and opportunity. One in every five international migrants lives in just 20 cities, and 70 percent of the world’s displaced people seek refuge in urban areas. As the climate crisis and unresolved conflicts continue to push more people from their homes, this trend is only going to increase. The Mayors Migration Council was founded by mayors for mayors to help cities get a seat at the global policy table as equal decision-making partners and to unlock financial and other resources so they can accelerate and scale local solutions.
This report presents key highlights of our work and accomplishments from 2020–2022. Over the past three years, the seed planted by our 10 founding mayors has created a movement of over 200 cities and 25 partners worldwide. This movement has influenced more than 60 global policy positions at the international and national levels, made 70 pledges to the Global Compacts through the Call to Local Action for Migrants and Refugees, and unlocked over US$23 million in international funding for cities, both by influencing international funds and by creating our own, the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees. Started as an experiment, the Global Cities Fund is now directing funding to 28 city governments improving the lives of thousands of migrants, displaced people, and marginalized communities worldwide. Throughout this work, our mayors have positioned themselves as influential players in emerging policy frontiers—from climate migration to inclusive pandemic response.
Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director
I would like to thank our mayors, donors, partners, and staff for helping our small organization achieve outsized impact. We look forward to working with you as we grow our movement.
While ongoing conflict and our changing climate are growing crises, the displacement and migration they cause don’t need to be. As urban migration becomes the new normal in the years ahead, so too must cities’ access to international decision-making and municipal finance. While we recognize this type of systemic change doesn’t happen overnight, we have proven it is possible. We now call on you to help us scale our work by consulting cities, partnering with cities, and investing in cities.
I would like to thank our partners and donors for helping our small organization achieve outsized impact, our staff for their passion and dedication to our mission in uncertain circumstances, and, most importantly, our Leadership Board and other mayors who continue to welcome migrants and refugees in their own cities while showing how the rest of the world can do the same.
We look forward to working with you as we grow our movement.
Executive Director, Mayors Migration Council