GENEVA CITIES HUB
In 2007 the world's urban population surpassed the world's rural population for the first time in human history. The United Nations forecasts that by 2050 cities will contain as much as 68% of the world's people.
However, though cities are the first to be impacted by many global challenges, their voices are still not heard clearly enough. It is becoming increasingly important to recognize the impact and experience of cities in international work. International organizations in Geneva now want to adopt a more active and evidence-based approach to cities.
NEWS & EVENTS
HEALTH & CITIES:
OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES FOR URBAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT
3 December 2020, 10h00 – 11h15, Online
COVID-19 has put cities in the limelight, due to their role as epicenters of the pandemic (cities concentrate 95% of reported COVID cases, according to the UN). Their size, high level of connectivity and urban overcrowding make them particularly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases. On the other hand, the density and infrastructure of cities, as well as the municipal authorities’ proximity to the population allow them to swiftly intervene and provide public health services in an effective manner, when they have the resources, capacity and powers to do so.
OFTEN LEFT UNADDRESSED, URBAN VIOLENCE WAS A KEY TOPIC DURING THE GENEVA PEACE WEEK
3 November 2020
While violence in armed conflict draws much attention, the reality is that 9 out of 10 instances of lethal violence actually take place outside of conflict zones, mainly in cities. Often left unaddressed, in large part because it affects people who suffer the most from inequalities, urban violence was a key topic during the Geneva Peace Week (2-6 Nov. 2020), a leading annual forum in the area of international peacebuilding.
INTERNATIONAL CITY NETWORKS DIRECTORY
This year, for the first time, UNECE – in cooperation with UN-Habitat and the Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) encouraged international city networks to participate in the event, to foster dialogue and cooperation with Geneva-based UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and civil society. The organizers produced a Directory containing information of all the networks participating in the event.
The directory contains information on the organizations participating in the event In Focus: SDG 11, on 5 October 2020 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva under the theme ‘Supporting city actions for a resilient future’.
Information contained in each profile was provided by the organizations and was not modified either by the United Nations or the GCH.The organizers are truly grateful to all networks for their contribution.
The Geneva Cities Hub (GCH), which the City of Geneva and the Canton of Geneva created with the support of the Swiss Confederation, is an association under Swiss law. It aims to facilitate relations between cities and city networks around the world and the various institutions in International Geneva, including the United Nations Office at Geneva, UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs, diplomatic missions, civil society, and academic institutions and actors.
This is an initiative, a platform for urban actors, a facilitator for cities and local governments towards the UN in Geneva.
WHAT WE DO
The Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) aims to facilitate relations between cities and city networks around the world and the various institutions in International Geneva, including the United Nations Office at Geneva, UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs, diplomatic missions, civil society, and academic institutions and actors. The GCH will link local authorities to International Geneva, and different urban actors to each other, via the networks of Geneva-based organizations.
The GCH wishes to establish and facilitate exchanges in Geneva, between international actors who are active on urban issues.
The GCH will act as a neutral platform to facilitate interaction between cities and international networks of cities as well key actors in International Geneva.
BUILD A NETWORK
Build city networks visible to participants in International Geneva, strengthen communication and visibility