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Mayors tell us about good urban governance for health and well-being

The Geneva Cities Hub partnered with WHO to organize the 2nd meeting of mayors on good urban governance for health and well-being with the participation of mayors from Bogota/Kennedy-Colombia, Cienfuegos-Cuba, Douala III-Cameroon, Managua-Nicaragua and Tunis-Tunisia in Geneva on 15-16 June 2022. The objective was to enable mayors to discuss lessons learnt and exchange experiences about …

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 …

Geneva Cities Hub takes part in WSIS High-Level Week

On 2 June 2022, the Geneva Cities Hub will participate in a visionary High-Level Dialogue: WSIS +20 – WSIS Beyond 2025. Kamelia Kemileva, Co-Director, Geneva Cities Hub, will refer to UNGA resolution 70/125, requesting that the review of the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS in 2025 involves the input and participation of all …

UNHCR can help cities get more resilient to future refugee movements

On 1st June 2022, Mr. Sami Kanaan, Deputy Mayor, City of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub, was invited to speak at a training session for UNHCR leaders worldwide. The objective of the session was to discuss ways and means for UNHCR leaders to better engage with cities and Mayors in their respective …

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 …

Pandemic preparedness in cities at the World Health Assembly

The 75th World Health Assembly has adopted a resolution on “Strengthening health emergency preparedness and response in cities and urban settings”. It is a critical milestone, because it recognizes the important role that cities and local authorities have in preventing, preparing for, and responding to health emergencies. The resolution urges member states to give due …

Geneva Cities Hub takes part in the World Urban Forum

The Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) has been invited to take part in the World Urban Forum (26-30 June, Katowice, Poland), convened by UN-Habitat. Held every two years in different parts of the world, the World Urban Forum (WUF) is the foremost global arena for discussions in the field of sustainable urban development and human settlements. …

Neighbors’ Day in the Parc Rigot

On 20th May 2022, the Geneva Cities Hub organized a party in the Parc Rigot to celebrate Neighbors’ Day, along with Handicap international, Civicus, Rhizome, J’aime ma planète and Global Migration Policy Associates. Other organizations in the neighborhood of International Geneva were also invited to join. After 2 years of COVID restrictions, it was a …

Cities to be better prepared for health emergencies

In an article entitled “Cities better prepared for health emergencies” recently published in newSpecial, Geneva Cities Hub argues that increased investment to strengthen capacities and capabilities in urban health services, including health emergency preparedness and response are essential. Looking forward to the 75th World Health Assembly, we need to face that cities have become hot-spots …

Geneva Cities Hub is a jury member of the Eduki competition

Eduki’s national competition invites students from all over Switzerland to submit projects on selected sustainable development goals. This year, the theme is «LET’S GO SUSTAINABLE! » Think global and act local. This edition focuses on SDGs 11, 12 and 13. Given the focus on SDG 11 “Sustainable cities and communities”, the Geneva Cities Hub was …