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
FIRST EVER FORUM OF MAYORS TAKES PLACE AT THE UN IN GENEVA
6 October 2020
Cities are not only the place where we live. They are crucial actors for global policymaking and therefore deserve a space in the international arena. The first Forum of Mayors organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, in partnership with the Geneva Cities Hub, has given a voice to local governments in a formal UN process.
MAYOR SAMI KANAAN REAFFIRMS NEED TO INCLUDE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE PREPARATION AND RESPONSE TO FUTURE HEALTH CRISES AT WHO EVENT
1st October 2020
On 1st October, Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub took part alongside Health Ministers in a high-level virtual side-event on “Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget" cycle”. The event was co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), France, Finland and Indonesia, in the margins of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
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