Event Date:
Start at 9:30 AM
October 6, 2020


October 6, 2020, 9:30 a 11:00 (Times are in UTC-5:00 Mexico City time)

The history of humankind as a story of migration. Migration shifted migrants’ expectations, putting them on par with the rest of the arriving society. However, today’s discrimination, racism and bigotry are threatening coexistence. 272 million international migrants worldwide (3.5% of the world’s population), 41 million internally displaced persons, 26 million refugees… Coexistence and peace in cities and territories demand that efforts be made to overcome all forms of racism and xenophobia. Migration involves origin, transit and destination. The discussion between cities bound by this phenomenon, the account of discrimination, racism and xenophobia, will be the topics of this keynote.


● Keynote 3 will last 90 minutes.
● This will be broadcasted on Youtube and Facebook, and will be recorded and uploaded to the website, along with a report and video summary.
● The session will have two interaction channels: a chat to ask questions and an online query.
● A moderator will introduce the panel and give the floor to the speakers.
● Speakers will have up to 5 minutes to make their interventions.
● Halfway through the session, an online query will be made for interaction with keynote attendees.
● If time constraints allow, at the end of the session some questions will be gathered from the attendees using the chat.


CHAIR: Dr. Mauricio Meschoulam

  • Shadi Sharaf al-Deen, Director of Technical Affairs – Responsible for Strategic and Urban Planning, Aleppo, Syria
  • Raffael Crocco, President Atlante delle Guerre
  • Ernesto Muyshondt, Mayor of San Salvador
  • Linda Tinio-Le Douarin, Coordinator of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO
  • Michele Klein-Solomon, Regional Director for Central and North America and the Caribbean at IOM – UN Migration
  • Petra Ignacio Matías, Mazahua Woman. Representative of the Pluricultural Indigenous Community
  • Tica Font, Association of Peace Research.
  • Marta Benavides (KNP), Activist for Human Rights and Peace
  • Fabiana Goyeneche, Director of Social Development of the Municipality of Montevideo
  • César Mantilla Cisneros, Spokesperson for the Citizen Coalition of Social Organizations of the City of Quito