“Cities for all”: towards a new paradigm for integration

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A one-day event to reflect and explore the future of welcoming cities in Europe, starting from the familiar, urgent question: How can welcoming societies provide an adequate response to the migrant crisis?

On December 16, #Cities4All – hosted by CILD and Humans on the Move, with the support of the City of Milan – will bring together civil society, EU and local government officials, media outlets, journalists, philanthropists, activists, entrepreneurs, investors and, most importantly, migrants and refugees, with the aim of finding innovative answers to the humanitarian emergency.

The event will focus on cities and on the new challenges that they have to face when welcoming new residents, but also on the precious opportunities that this situation creates.

Three months after the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, there is still a need to focus on innovative projects that can create a sustainable context for people on the move. There is also a growing interest in investing in such solutions, both within the public as well as the private sector.

Come join us for the day as we share and discuss ideas on how cities can build a new paradigm for integration! This is only the beginning: other meetings will follow and with them concrete proposals for action.

#CitiesForAll Programme

9.30 Opening remarks – CILD, Humans on the Move and City of Milan

9.40 Keynote speech – Emma Bonino, Special Advisor to the City of Milan

10.00 Panel 1: INTEGRATION in Cities with Manuela Brienza – Council for Social Policy, City of Milan; Jihad Asad – Refugee Company; Nadina Christopolou – Melissa Network; Csilla Toth – Open Society Foundations

11.00 Keynote speech: Omid Habibi – Shared Studios

11.15 Panel 2: INNOVATION in Cities with Prof. Kiran Trehan – Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (University of Birmingham); Fleur Bakker – Refugee Company; Mark Latonero – Data & Society; Omid Habibi – Shared Studios

12.00 Keynote speech: Don Virginio Colmegna – Casa della Carità

12.15 Panel 3: INVESTMENT in Cities with Jeremy Gorelick – Humans on the Move; Prof. Monder Ram – Centre for Research and Minority Entrepreneurship (University of Birmingham); Emiliano Giovine – R&P Legal

14.00 Roundtables for interactive conversation focusing on Integration, Innovation and Investment

15.30 Wrap-up: action points and planning for follow-ups and next steps, with Andrea Menapace – CILD; Christine Mendonça – Humans on the Move; and Alessandro Messina – Banca Etica

Header photo: Tim Reckmann