Catalysing Solutions for Climate Change and Inequalities: Call for Contributions to the Mobilities and Migration stream

The Forum for Global Challenges (3-5 May 2022), a major biennial conference seeking to catalyse solutions to the some of the most pressing challenges of our time such as climate change and inequality, is inviting contributions to the programme on ‘reimaging movement for connected and sustainable societies’.   

The Forum is organised by the University of Birmingham, through its Institute for Global Innovation, in collaboration with the World Bank, UNESCO, UNDP, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Confederation of British Industry, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the West Midlands Combined Authority, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. 

Confirmed speakers include  

  • Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, CEO of Oxfam GB 
  • Rossella Pagliuchi-Lor, UNHCR’s Representative to the UK 
  • William Gois, Head of the Migrant Forum Asia 
  • Michael Adamson, Chief Executive of British Red Cross 
  • Ivana D’Alessandro, Head of Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe 
  • Professor Ed Sweeney, Professor of Logistics, Heriot-Watt University 

And others including leaders of international organisations and NGOs, business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, practitioners and thought leaders from academia and beyond – including the World Bank, UNESCO and the United Nations. 

Why attend the Forum? 

  1. Make a positive impact: Showcase your policy, societal and technical solutions, and widen their reach and impact  
  2. Interact with global thought-leaders and pioneers: Discover successful practical solutions and novel approaches. 
  3. Build new partnerships Interact with global thought-leaders, visionaries and pioneers, and make new connections and build partnerships, in and beyond your sector or discipline.  

The call for contributions is now open. Deadline for proposals is 3 December 2021.

Proposals are limited to 3000 characters (including spaces) covering the problem, proposed solution and evidence. The types of contributions are: Live Presentation (in person or virtual), Live Poster Presentation (in person), Digital Posters (this also can include a 3-minute recorded presentation).  

Mobility is a natural element of societies. Be it in the form of physical movement or the dynamics within social structures, mobility is what shapes the way that we use and share the natural and the built environment. The global disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role that the connectedness between physical and social structures play in (re) shaping society in the post-pandemic world.  

The mobility and migration topic searches for a holistic approach that finds common grounds between the different types of mobility (goods, services and people), and how changes in these infrastructures of mobility affect patterns of human and other mobilities. We are seeking contributions on the following topics: 

  • Climate crisis, mobility and migration: examples of good practices and lessons learned from around the world, where mobility infrastructures and circulation contribute to global green recovery and to the development of more sustainable and equal societies.  
  • Connected cities, connecting people: examples of how mobility infrastructures, including local transport solutions, can contribute to shape new and more sustainable forms of mobility, connectedness and social cohesion in urban settings.  
  • Moving stories, moving people: the pathways to engage diverse communities into reimagining post-pandemic connected societies and trade-offs that may be required to achieve more equal and sustainable societies. 

 More information: 

To apply, please follow this link

The Forum 2022 will be held in Birmingham, UK, between 3-5 May 2022, and will be fully hybrid. 

More details are available on the Forum for Global Challenges.  Information on registration fees for in-person and virtual passes is available online

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