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
GENEVA CITIES HUB 2020 ANNUAL RETREAT
11 December 2020
Annual Retreat The Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) held its annual retreat on 11 December. The retreat provided an opportunity to step back and reflect collectively on the role in multilateralism of cities and local governments (‘cities’) and what should be done to enhance it. It began with a plenary debate on how cities can be included most effectively in multilateralism. Two working groups then focused on specific entry points that could enable cities to contribute to Geneva’s multilateral and intergovernmental processes: the follow-up to the UNECE Forum of Mayors and the UN human rights system.
URBAN TALK ON HEALTH & CITIES:
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR URBAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT
3 December 2020
The urban determinants of health – i. e. upstream social, economic and environmental factors which have an impact on people’s health and well-being at every stage of their life – were the subject of an urban talk organized by the Geneva Cities Hub on 3 December 2020.
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