World in motion: mobility, migration and digital change

Interview opportunity and invitation to the Eschborn Dialogue on 17 and 18 June 2014

Eschborn. Around the world, modern communication technologies and good transport infrastructure are bringing people closer together. Digital innovations make it easier to transfer knowledge and have the potential to promote political and social change processes. The importance of traffic and infrastructure is growing, distances are shrinking and borders are becoming more permeable.

But how can increasing mobility become a global engine for development and not an ecological risk? How can migration produce a 'triple win' situation with benefits for all sides: individuals, host countries and the countries of origin? Around 400 international experts from politics, business, academia and civil society will come together to discuss this issue on 17 and 18 June.

At the conference entitled ‘World in motion: mobility, migration and digital change', speakers from around the world will present their experience and engage in discussion with conference participants. Key political figures, including Germany’s Development Minister Gerd Müller and Vice-President of the German Bundestag Claudia Roth, are expected to attend, along with many experts drawn from academia and international organisations. Guest speakers invited to debate the topic of digital change at the Eschborn Dialogue include Jörg Asmussen, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and Maria Ivanova, Member of the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board. Please see our website for further information on the events and speakers.

Journalists can take part in the Eschborn Dialogue free of charge. Please apply to GIZ’s Press Office. We will be happy to arrange interviews with the speakers and conference participants from Germany and abroad.

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