“Managing migration well: for more inclusive and resilient cities” side event for Habitat III
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We are pleased to announce that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) co-organised a side event entitled “Managing migration well: for more inclusive and resilient cities” during the Habitat III UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that is starting today in Quito, Ecuador. The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), along with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), participated in the event as partners.
While migration is a global phenomenon, with one in seven people in the world being an internal or international migrant, the effects of migration are most felt at the local level. The reasons are twofold: first, migration is a key driver of cities’ growth and diversity. Second, migrants are individuals with specific needs during times of crises, but who can also become agents of development when the right policies are put in place.
This side event therefore identified key facts and figures on rapid urbanization triggered by forced migration as a result of conflicts and natural disasters, as well as reflected on policy priorities on migrants for city administrations and national authorities, while providing guiding principles on how to mainstream and implement sustainable migration policy and management measures supported by national, provincial and local governments.
This side event took place on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, from 10:00 until 11:30, in Room A of the One UN Pavilion on the conference premises.