Through interdisciplinary panels and breakout sessions, the Conference on Cities, Climate and Migration will highlight challenges facing cities in the U.S. (particularly coastal cities such as New York), examine issues of social justice in planning responses, and explore the role of cities as actors on the national and global level. The event will feature influential speakers; including leading academics, policymakers and climate change experts.
Climate change and natural disasters are fundamental drivers of migration and will grow in importance in the future. Urban areas will be particularly affected by environmental events, resulting in the migration of large numbers of persons into and out of cities. Such migration will produce challenges relating to shelter, public services, social cohesion and social justice—putting the world’s urban areas on the frontline of efforts for response and adaptation.
The Conference on Cities, Climate and Migration is hosted by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, in collaboration with other departments at The New School.
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