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Mayors call on States to fully acknowledge the role of local governments in pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

On 11 July, the Geneva Cities Hub, together with the Global Parliament of Mayors, co-organized an online briefing for Mayors on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR). Speakers included leading global health experts Prof. Ilona Kickbusch and Prof. Rebecca Katz, as well as Mayors from the cities of Fort-Collins (USA), Quelimane (Mozambique) and Braga (Portugal). As States have …

States are not alone in their commitment to human rights

A landmark seminar on National Mechanisms for Implementation, Reporting, and Follow-up (NMIRF) in the field of human rights (held in accordance with resolution 51/33, adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2022), was organized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), with the support of Paraguay, Brazil, and …

GCH shares its experience about inclusive multilateralism at Brussels Urban Summit

On 13-15 June the Geneva Cities Hub attended the Brussels Urban Summit co-organized by Eurocities, Metropolis, OECD Champion Mayors and Brussels Capital Region. Global challenges also have concrete impact on cities today: climate change, human rights, urban growth, migration and social inclusion, just to name a few. Cities are political actors with significant decision-making power …

Neighbors’ Day brings us closer to our partners

On 20 June, the Geneva Cities Hub co-hosted Neighbors’ Day with Handicap International, GMPA, J’aime ma planète, Rhizome and Civicus. The event gathered representatives from dozens of institutions and organizations, including the Canton of Geneva as well as Geneva-based international organizations and NGOs. It was an opportunity to informally discuss areas of interest with stakeholders …

The GCH publishes a policy paper on the commitments by the international organizations:“What reconstruction for Ukraine?”

In the run-up to the international Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2023) to be organized in London on 21-22 June 2023, the Geneva Cities Hub published a policy paper, entitled “What reconstruction for Ukraine? How the need for a future-oriented reconstruction approach translates into concrete projects?” In the policy paper the Geneva Cities Hub aims to …

Cities also work on human rights

On 8 June, during the 2nd UN Habitat Assembly (Nairobi), the Geneva Cities Hub organized a side-event in partnership with members of the Coalition for LRGs in the UPR (UN Habitat, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, OHCHR, UPR Info, Geneva Human Rights Platform). The objective was to emphasize that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism of …

“You can only rebuild a city in close collaboration with the local authorities”

On 5 June 2023, the conference “What reconstruction for Ukraine? What has been lost and achieved in one year?” was organized by the Geneva Cities Hub and the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the participation of the cities of Kharkiv and Mykolaiv …

New treaty on plastic pollution: outcome and follow-up

The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on Plastic Pollution met for its second session in Paris (May 29-June 2, 2023) to resume negotiations on a legally binding international instrument on plastic pollution. While the time-frame for the negotiations is relatively short (the treaty is expected to be finalized by the end of 2024), delegations agreed to …