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Annual retreat 2022 of the Geneva Cities Hub

On 9 December 2022, the Geneva Cities Hub will hold its Annual strategic retreat. This year, the retreat will explore what further efforts are necessary to position International Geneva as the main entry point for cities and other local and regional governments (LRGs) in view of an effective and inclusive multilateralism. For that purpose, the …

The role of local authorities in armed conflict: Ukraine situation addressed by UCLG Working Group on territorial prevention and management of crises

On 28 November, Geneva Cities Hub will be partnering with UCLG, Cités Unies France and the City of Geneva to organize the annual meeting of the UCLG Working Group on the territorial prevention and management of crises, chaired by Sami Kanaan, Deputy Mayor of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub. This year, the …

World Cities Day: discussion on the digital transformation in cities to improve adaptation actions to the looming climate and water challenge

To celebrate World Cities Day 2022 and as part of the WSIS&SDG TalkX series, Geneva Cities Hub in cooperation with ITU and UN-Habitat organized on 3 November 2022 a webinar dedicated to supporting cities to use digital transformation to improve adaptation actions to the looming climate and water challenge in urban settlements. Climate change is …

Involve cities in the negotiations on plastic pollution!

Starting discussion on a new international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution (as per resolution 5/14 adopted by the UN Environment Assembly in March 2022) is a very positive step for humanity. But this can only be achieved with the full involvement of all stakeholders, including those at “local level”, as referred to in …

The UN Human Rights Council adopts resolutions that are relevant to the work of local and regional governments

The Geneva Cities Hub organized a briefing on the last session of the UN Human Rights Council (13 September – 7 October) focusing on the newly adopted resolution “Local government and human rights”. This resolution is unique in the whole UN system and paves the way for enhanced participation of local and regional governments in …

Time left to reach SDG11 by 2030 is short

The 5th edition of the event “In Focus SDG11” was co-organized by UNECE and the Geneva Cities Hub and took place on 3rd October 2022, as part of the 83rd session of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management (CUDHLM). This year, the event focused on sustainable and inclusive urban design and …

Geneva Cities Hub contributes to the WHO pandemic public hearing

Aiming at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, the World Health Assembly agreed to launch a process to draft and negotiate an international instrument to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response in December 2021. The World Health Organization (WHO) asked for input from all interested parties in public hearings, and GCH proudly participated, …

Michael R. Bloomberg reappointed as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, launched a new report calling on global leaders to take urgent action on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 17 million premature deaths every year. Fighting NCDs is of primary importance for local and regional governments due to their significant effect on urban population. Michael R. Bloomberg was reappointed …

Negotiations on the agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response continue

The Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response (PPR) held its 2nd meeting in Geneva. Members agreed that a new international instrument on pandemic prevention should be legally binding. The INB is aiming to ensure better preparedness and a more …