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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 …

The Forum of Mayors bring a lot of value to the international discussion

During a side event in margin of the Forum of Mayors in Geneva, representatives from UN Regional Economic Commissions shared best practices about their work and cooperation with Mayors and local and regional governments (LRGs). They discussed which initiatives could be best adapted to their regions, how inter-regional cooperation might be enlarged, and how enhanced …

The Forum of Mayors supports a new modern and inclusive multilateralism

The 2nd edition of the UNECE Forum of Mayors (FoM) took place on 4-5 April in Geneva under the theme “Recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic while advancing the implementation of the SDGs”. Among keynote speakers that opened the FoM, Mr. Sami Kanaan, former Mayor of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub, underlined the …

Opening of the 2nd Forum of Mayors

Mr. Sami Kanaan, Deputy Mayor of the City of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub opened the 2nd UNECE Forum of Mayors on 4 April 2022, alongside UNECE Executive Secretary, UN-Habitat Executive Director and UNOG Director General. Following the first successful edition held in 2020, this second Forum of Mayors focuses on the …

Our 2021 Annual Report is out !

During 2021, the Geneva Cities Hub pursued its mission, to strengthen the role that cities and local and regional governments play in international discussions in Geneva.    Read our Annual report to learn more about how GCH positioned itself in 2021 as a credible and relevant actor, working on urban issues and with urban actors, …

WSIS 2022 – Towards People Oriented Cities

Organized by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Geneva Cities Hub, on 29 March 2022, 11:45-12:45 Geneva time. In a rapidly urbanizing world, data, artificial intelligence, and connectivity are shaping the future of our cities and societies. Digital transformation is increasingly becoming a focus of strategic thinking and planning of many cities and communities, because digital …

Engaging subnational governments, cities and other local authorities on biodiversity matters

As the Geneva resumed meeting on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is ongoing, ICLEI, a major city network involved closely in the negotiations, and the Geneva Cities Hub, a platform fostering local and regional governments and their networks’ participation in multilateral diplomacy, have organized an informal meeting today at the Villa Rigot to gain support for a proposed …

When the next pandemic comes to a city…

On 16 March 2022, the Geneva Cities Hub organized, in partnership with UN-Habitat, a Geneva Urban Debate to bring to the fore the municipal experiences (Kigali-Rwanda, Madrid-Spain, Niterói-Brazil and Cali-Colombia) that were relevant for the next pandemic in terms of prevention, preparedness and response. During the event, we heard recommendations to develop or revise policies …