City Ambassadors Program

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

City Ambassadors are experienced city leaders who act as advisors to the Alliance and ensure that its activities and outputs are practical for cities’ ground-level financial realities.

2021 – 2023 City Ambassadors

Abigail S. Binay

Mayor, City of Makati, Philippines

Isabella de Roldão

Vice Mayor, City of Recife, Brazil

Gareth Morgan

Director of Resilience, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Nada Yamout

Former City Council Member, City of Beirut, Lebanon

Brigid Shea

County Commissioner, Travis County, Austin, Texas, United States of America

What is the role of a City Ambassador?

As advisors, they will bring their personal experience and knowledge of city leadership to support the Alliance in refining these key areas:

  1. Content – what information related to climate finance is most needed by city leaders?
  2. Access – how do cities access information on climate finance, and what can the Alliance do to make this easier?
  3. Usability – what tools, materials, and formats would be most usable for city leaders who are trying to increase climate finance to their cities?
Some tangible examples from the Alliance’s current activities where City Ambassadors could partake and provide input include:

  • Participating in the Alliance’s annual Assembly or during major events, such as COP or World Urban Forum, to raise awareness of and support collaboration on topics related to subnational climate finance;
  • Providing guidance to make the Green City Finance Directory more user-friendly and accessible to subnational governments seeking project preparation facility support for developing green and resilient infrastructure;
  • Reviewing new knowledge products on topics to identify what information would be most valuable for city leaders.

What are the benefits of being a City Ambassador?

City Ambassadors will be recognized as advocates for multi-level, multi-sector cooperation for financing climate action and low-carbon, resilient infrastructure in cities around the world. They will benefit from their participation in the Alliance by:

  • Being connected to a wide network of stakeholders who are actively working to support cities with accessing finance for climate projects;
  • Bringing attention and support to their own city to advance climate-resilient and low-carbon infrastructure by being highlighted in Alliance activities, events, and knowledge outputs (e.g. case studies);
  • Having the opportunity to partake in key events and be featured on the Alliance website and in our communications.

What are the requirements of City Ambassadors?

A City Ambassador should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently hold, or have previously held, a leadership position within a municipal government (e.g. Mayor, City Finance Director/Officer, Executive Officers, Department Heads, etc.);
  • Have demonstrated interest in and/or professional responsibility to address climate change, sustainable infrastructure, and/or municipal finance;
  • Have some awareness of the global landscape of urban, financial, and/or climate actors, such as, MDBs and other public development banks, private financial institutions, NGOs, UN agencies, research/academia, etc.

How can I become a City Ambassador or nominate someone?

  • An individual can self-nominate, or be nominated by an active Alliance member by sending an e-mail to Secretariat@citiesclimatefinance.org with the nominee in copy.
  • The Secretariat will send the nominee a short form to complete with basic information. The nominee should confirm their interest by returning the form.
  • The form will be transmitted to the Alliance Steering Committee for final review and selection of City Ambassadors.

Nominations for the 2021 program is now closed.

To indicate your interest or inquire further, please contact the Alliance Secretariat at Secretariat@citiesclimatefinance.org.