Category: Past events

Cities are actors of solidarity and support in the Ukrainian crisis

On 9 June 2022, the Geneva Cities Hub organized an informal humanitarian briefing on Ukraine for cities, in partnership with Metropolis. Anh Thu Duong Co-Director, GCH, recalled that the objective was to brief municipal authorities willing to provide assistance in Ukraine about the current humanitarian situation and needs and to ensure that their municipal support …

Mayors’ High-Level Dialogue on Smart Cities and SDGs was a highlight of WSIS 2022

The Mayors’ High-Level Dialogue on Smart Cities, Drivers of Innovative Sustainable Development at the WSIS2022 on 30 May 2022 was a great success. Mayors, city network leaders and ICT experts shared their experiences on how to drive smart innovation and build inclusive cities and accelerate digital transformation to improve the lives of citizens. Sustainable Development …

Migration is an international issue, but also a very local phenomenon!

On 14 April 2022, the Geneva Cities Hub and the GFMD Mayors Mechanism co-organized a City Diplomacy event on Migration with the Mayor of Accra (Ghana), the Mayor of Zürich (Switzerland) and a State representative from Canada. As the international community will soon converge in New York for the 1st International Migration Review Forum (17-20 …

Cities & COP26 negotiations

Cities are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change, but they also are the ones the most impacted by it. Much depends on how they are planned, built and use energy to enable people to live, move and thrive. For many cities, local and regional governments, tackling climate change …

GCH 2021 Annual Strategic Retreat

The 3rd Annual Strategic Retreat of the Geneva Cities Hub focused on how to support the involvement of local and regional governments (LRGs) in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which provides a concrete multilateral entry point for LRGs to directly interact with States. To do so, retreat participants first discussed lessons learnt from the Voluntary …

In Focus SDG11 roundtable

Co-organized by UNECE, UN-Habitat and the Geneva Cities Hub, the event “In Focus SDG11” took place on 6 October 2021 with a focus on “Housing & sustainable urban development in a world marked by Covid-19 and climate change”. The SDG11 event seeks to foster cooperation between various stakeholders and promote the effective implementation of SDG11 …

“Soft mobility is the future of cities”

The rise of environmental considerations at both citizen and political levels coupled with the recent and ongoing Covid crisis have had a profound impact on urban transport systems. Numerous cities have promoted soft mobility as the future of urban transport. The United Nations have declared June 3 the “World Bike Day”. The Geneva Cities Hub …