In the 14th edition of the EDD (European Development Days) the president of the European commission Ursula Von der Leyen during her opening speech underlines her interest in environmental policy, the main theme since the beginning of her mandate, which become reality with the European green deal.

“The EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL has paved the way for a progressive sustainable transformation of the our economy and society and the pandemic has made us understand that this transformation is urgently needed , now is the time to take action. “

These are some words of his opening speech that will introduce the various debates to be held on June 15 and 16 on various aspects of the green deal concerning the macro areas of economics, politics and society.

We are focused on migration and human right field in particular about:

“partnering with indigenous peoples to respect Human Rights in business and protect biodiversity and ecosystems”

the debate on the instruments and processes to safeguard Indigenous Peoples (IP) Rights in the development of business activities in their lands. Speakers (IP representatives, experts in Business and HR and private and public sector representatives) will showcase examples of good practices of IP and public and private sectors working together to build sustainable business projects, respecting human rights and protecting the environment.

Beyond showcasing these good practices, the session will present and discuss practical guidelines to build relationships of mutual trust between the three actors.

“Creating an enabling environment for migrants’ inclusion in cities by applying cross-sector policy and multi-level governance approaches”

With most migrants moving to cities, local authorities have a major role to play for creating an urban environment that enables them to positively contribute to local sustainable prosperity.

This topic-oriented session will enable participants to reflect their experience and breakthrough practices on how to factor migration into urban mangement in the era of climate change to create an enabling environment for migrants inclusion in cities thorugh cross-sector, multi-level governance and multi-stakeholder approaches.

This tool involves UN-HABITAT, CMI, OECD, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNICEF, and WHO in cooperation with IOM, Mayors Migration Council and UCLG.

Human capital and mobility at the service of the green economy

The transformation towards green and sustainable economies relies on the development of knowledge and skills as way to empower people. Much like the fourth industrial revolution, this transformation offers great potential for new activities and jobs and requires a more nuanced reflection about the development of skills, knowledge and competencies that will be in demand in the future and, in turn, on how this would affect human mobility, for example: What type of skills will be needed? How should these be acquired (e.g. upskilling/re-skilling) and transferred so they benefit communities, businesses, and individuals? What implications does this have for migration for the EU and for intra-EU mobility? How can skills partnerships with third countries be leveraged to support the EU Green Deal?