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Unconference: Migration – Underrepresented But Key to Achieving the SDG’s

October 27, 18:00 - 21:00

This event will happen as an in person event and we will strictly follow our. Covid-19 Schutzkonzept.

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“Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century. It contributes significantly to all aspects of economic and social development everywhere, and as such will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Migration & the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

In the 2030 Agenda, migration was recognized for the first time as a crucial contributor to achieving sustainable development. The fact that migration is relevant to 11 out of the 17 SDGs is proof of exactly that.

A specific example for the link between sustainable development and migration, and why it is such an important issue, are the migrants who flee their origin countries because climate change made living conditions unbearable. There are already millions of climate migrants today and their number is expected to increase in the coming years and decades. According to a 2019 New York Times Magazine article, the only way to mitigate the most destabilizing aspects of migration is to prepare for it, and such a preparation includes not only likely numbers of migrants but also “sharper imagining of where people are likely to go, and when.”

But even though the relationship between migration and the SDGs is increasingly recognized, it is still an underexplored issue, and the implementation of existing programmes of support for migrants is often insufficient. This is a problem considering that migrants are often economically very active, a source of cultural diversity, and thereby significantly contribute to innovation and economic growth.

However, the multilateral nature and the political traction of the SDGs are crucial in the migration discourse. Because migration requires coordination between multiple actors and enhanced coherence across policies. “This kind of coordination is only possible with high-level buy-in, something the SDGs have already secured. Furthermore, the SDGs’ multi-disciplinary nature increases the potential for multi-stakeholder collaboration.” Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

We are happy to have experts talk to us about this topic including:

Kristina Touzenis, Social Sustainability Expert at plus305 and former Head of International Migration Law Unit at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Join us for this Unconference to discuss this topic with experts and sustainability professionals!

This open-space format allows for much space and time to discuss the topic at hand. Participants play a key role in the event and can decide on the specific discussion points themselves.

Who is it for?

  • Sustainability Professionals from across different industries
  • Social sustainability experts
  • Human rights specialists
  • People interested in the role of migration in sustainable development


Moderators: Marco Buscemi – Vontobel, Campaign Marketing Manager & Marcus Williams – Information Technology at Swiss Re and Volunteer for Actare and Drawdown Switzerland

18:00 – 18:15 Registration

18:15 – 18:30 Welcome by GreenBuzz & introduction of Unconference format by moderator Marco Buscemi

18:30 – 18:40 Input by Kristina Touzenis, Social Sustainability Expert at plus305 and former Head of International Migration Law Unit at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

18:40 – 19:00 Joint brainstorming & definition of Unconference topics

19:00 – 19:45 Breakout groups – Session 1

19:45 – 20:00 Break

20:00 – 20:45 Breakout groups – Session 2

20:45 – 21:30 Wrap up, Apéro & Buzzing

Discounts and Free tickets

Employees of our corporate partners can gain free tickets for this event. Please check here if your employer is a member of GreenBuzz and use your corporate discount code to register.


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