Empowering Migrants and Communities: Private Sector Engagement for Inclusive Sustainable Development
October 30, 2023
31 October 2023
9:00 – 10:30 am New York | 14:00 – 15:30 Geneva
The private sector can serve as a pivotal partner and a fundamental catalyst, enhancing the well-being of migrants and communities around them, reinforcing migration governance and magnifying migrants’ contributions to sustainable development.
Migration also matters for the private sector, as human mobility can address general labour shortages and businesses´ needs for specific skills, increase creativity and innovation through diversity, help entrepreneurs adapt to international markets and constitute important customers. Inadequate information, a lack of private sector or political will, and direct or indirect discrimination towards foreigners may however impede the involvement of the private sector.
Governments and international cooperation actors can do more to strengthen private sector engagement in the opportunities human mobility brings, including for migrants, the private sector itself and the whole of societies.
The webinar is for national and local governments, the private sector, civil society, UN agencies, and other partners. It will share lessons learned from the IOM-UNDP Joint Global Programme ‘Making Migration Work for Sustainable Development’ (M4SD), explore innovative strategies, policies and partnerships and bring different stakeholders together to discuss how current approaches could be replicated, improved or expanded.
The report "Empowering Migrants and Communities: Private Sector Engagement for Inclusive Sustainable Development" will be launched at the webinar.
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome and introduction to the event
9.10. – 9.35 Presentation of the report
9.35 – 10.20 Panel discussion
10.20 – 10.30 Closing remarks
Interpretation will be provided for English, French and Spanish.
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