Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series #19 Migration and Resilience, the MOVE book

Thursday, 11 November, 2021 - 08:00 to 09:00
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Thursday, 11 November, 2021

Webinar: Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series #19 Migration and Resilience, the MOVE book

Date and Time: Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 8-9 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST) |

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Event Summary Historically, migration has been an intrinsic part of how humans navigate the world, however, skewed perceptions and misinformation have shed a negative light on the topic resulting in abrasive migration policies around the world. While migration may present certain challenges, it has also proven to be, not only important to the development of communities, but essential. Migration time and time again has resulted in poverty alleviation, strengthening of social capital, boosting of the working age population, and transferring of knowledge and skills, among other positive benefits. As we build resilience moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic and in anticipation of future climate and political crises, cities have a key role to play in implementing policies to protect the rights of migrants and to shift the conversation on migration. In the framework of The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), this 19th session of Cities on the Frontline, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank“Migration and Resilience”, with a special look into the MOVE book will focus on the inevitability and the necessity of migration by discussing its history, its current challenges exacerbated by the pandemic and its future as a key component to building a more resilient and sustainable future.  Featured Event Speakers The session will feature Parag Khanna, Author of the MOVE book and other bestselling books, Managing Partner at FutureMap, Strategic Advisor to Governments and Global Companies, and TED Speaker, who will introduce the topic with a presentation on the vital importance of migration for healthy and vibrant communities according to the findings of his book. Parag will then present a brief overview of the history and future of migration and will end his intervention with expected trends and most likely scenarios based on anticipated climate and economic challenges. We will also welcome David Groisman, Chief Resilience Officer and Director of Management Exchange at the Government of Buenos Aires (Argentina) who will complement Parag´s presentation by bringing the perspective of a city facing migration challenges to the table. David will share the work the city has done to explore and define opportunities within migration to maximize its potential benefits in support of the development of the city. David will also give a look into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted mobility patterns, regulations, and restrictions and the steps that the city will take to build resilience in response to COVID-19 and in anticipation of future shocks and stresses.

Cities on the Frontline is a virtual thought leadership speaker series. The series, which began in 2020 co-organized by the Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank Group’s City Resilience Program, provides city practitioners and the industries and residents that they support, an understanding and means for responding to the pandemic and associated stresses, as well as solutions for planning towards a more resilient recovery.

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