The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes both migration and urbanisation as critical factors for sustainable development. The preeminent role of cities in fostering inclusion, social cohesion and shared economic prosperity in the spirit of the 'leave no one behind' principle is increasingly being recognized. Furthermore, linkages between rural and urban areas lead to interrelated dynamics contributing to an integrated territorial approach.

SDC is engaged in strengthening the role of cities and local actors both from the perspective of fostering the linkages between rural, peri-urban and urban areas as well as promoting sustainable, resilient and inclusive urban development across different contexts of migration including displacement.

In September 2019, the SDC Network on Migration and Development brought together key stakeholders from local and national governments, civil society, the private sector, international organizations, research institutes and think tanks working towards sustainable development from a local development perspective along with territorial perspectives of urban – rural linkages

During this Global Meeting we:

  • Shared concrete experiences on the role of cities as drivers towards sustainable development, considering different sector perspectives such as education and health,
  • Defined enabling factors for local actors to contribute to durable solutions in migration and displacement contexts,
  • Generated insights on mechanisms to link local expertise and global frameworks to contribute to inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies in different contexts of migration. 

Building on past events organized by the Network, this Global Meeting capitalized on concrete operational and policy experiences and provided lessons for future initiatives. Past events include the 2017 meeting with Cities Alliance on the role of cities in global agendas as well as the 2017 workshop in Jordan on protection and decent work in a mixed migration context.

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