Geneva Urban Debates

With various partners, the GCH organizes ‘Geneva Urban Debates’ (GUDs) on issues that concern cities and the Geneva international ecosystem. This section presents the GUDs and related background information

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April 14, 2022 2:00 pm
Cities have become the main destinations of migrants in search of a better life and greater job prospects and services. As such, cities and other local and regional governments (LRGs) play a transformative role when it comes to welcoming migrants into the social and economic fabric of communities and protecting the most vulnerable.
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March 16, 2022 1:30 pm
As the international community embarks on a global debate to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, it is important to consider the crucial work undertaken at municipal level to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the role of local authorities in preventing and responding to possible future pandemics.
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January 24, 2022 3:00 pm
Today, the use and misuse of plastic have become a significant burden for authorities. As such, plastic pollution is being debated at all levels by States, regional and local authorities, businesses, closely followed a large group of civil society organizations. This topic has also been on the radar of several international organizations, such as the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with a system-wide coordination mechanism being put in place by the United Nations.
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