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The best way to start implementing UPR recommendation is at local level

On 27 January 2023, the Geneva Cities Hub organized a side-event in the margins of the 42nd session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Its objectives was to discuss the issue of local and regional governments (LRGs), human rights and the UPR, a mechanism which involves a peer-review of the situation …

Tips for Local and Regional Governments wishing to participate to the Universal Periodic Review

The Coalition for Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) publishes “UPR Tips for LRGs” to provide information to LRGs interested to take part and contribute to this unique human rights mechanism. The leaflet provides background information on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism and its functioning, the features that makes …

International standards can help cities mitigate water shortages

On 26 January 2023, the Geneva Cities Hub and ISO co-organized a panel discussion on “International standards in support of cities’ and local authorities’ development agenda”. The event focused on how international standards contribute to improving the well-being of citizens and advancing the development of sustainable smart cities and communities. A series of standards on …