News N. 14/125   22/06/2018

A Foundation in Action

Maria Elena Cuomo, President of the Foundation with Ei Phyu Win and Htwe Min Thant (Myanmar) of the 2017-19 class of the Climate Change Fellowship Program - Monaco, June 21, 2018

Since 2013, as part of the partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Cuomo Foundation has supported 11 PhD students from various developing countries.

As an active member of this partnership, in 2017, the Foundation participated in the evaluation of the IPCC Scholarship Program. One of the recommendations was to create opportunities for researchers to work hand in hand with the IPCC working groups and to benefit from supervision by IPCC senior researchers. Facilitating the publication of their findings was also set a priority.

The upcoming IPCC report should define, in a more practical way, the actions to be taken across the globe to limit the rise in temperature by 2°C, or 1.5°C.

"The 47th session [of the IPCC] discussed the future of the Scholarship Programme. Most of the member countries are in favour to the continuation of the Scholarship Programme in its current structure, while exploring ways to improve it, in particular in having developing country scientists function as Chapter Scientist for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle of the IPCC, which would provide opportunities for their participation in a peer network that can support their professional growth and advance their career as respected scientists in the field."

- Abdalah Mokssitt
Secretary of the IPCC
(Excerpts from a letter adddressed to Maria Elena Cuomo, President of the Foundation , June 14, 2018) 

The Cuomo Foundation has already supported initiatives helping communities affected by the ongoing climate crisis. One such action is based in Burkina Faso where access to drinking water is guaranteed for populations living amid extreme climate conditions in the Sahel region. Furthermore, the economical empowering of the households is upheld by supporting the breeding of animal species adapted for clay conditions.

The latest project of the Cuomo Foundation is a new green school: the first rural school to be awarded the "Platinum" certification from the Indian Green Building Council. This Cuomo Foundation’s  7th school compound is located in Mambakkam, Tamil Nadu, South India.