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Exploring areas of cooperation with UNCTAD SG Rebeca Grynspan

On 9 February 2024, we had an inspiring discussion with SG Rebeca Grynspan on the activities of UNCTAD and the potential areas of connecting LRGs to the work of the organization. Localizing SDGs and linking investment to SDGs are key to advance socio-economic development and achieve our goals set in Agenda 2030. UNCTAD Member States …

Pact for the Future: transforming global governance

On 29 January 2024, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process for the Summit of the Future – Germany and Namibia – published the first proposal (zero draft) for the Pact for the Future. This Pact will be adopted by the UN General Assembly as the outcome of the Summit of the Future (September 2024), which should constitute a …

SDG-driven and climate resilient local public-private partnerships

On 25 January 2024, the Global Cities Hub (GCH), in cooperation with UN-Habitat and WAPPP organized the Geneva Urban Debate on “Using local Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to create more reliable and resilient infrastructure”. We could hear from experts and practitioners about strategies to optimize locally aligned PPP projects for critical infrastructure development and financing. While …

Comments to the revised draft for INC-4

Preparations are underway for the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4, 23-29 April 2024, Ottawa, Canada) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. A revised draft of the instrument has been released by the UNEP secretariat on 28 December 2023 and the Global Cities Hub is glad to see its suggestions included, thereby taking …

GCH submits inputs to elaborate the UN Pact for the Future

The President of the United Nations General Assembly invited co-facilitators of the preparatory process for the Summit of the Future to ensure that all relevant stakeholders participate and engage meaningfully in the consultations, in line with paragraph (c) of General Assembly decision 77/568. The co-facilitators – Germany and Namibia – invited Member States and observers …

GCH presented its pledges to P2C Digital Coalition

On 12 December 2023, at the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition Annual Meeting co-director Kemileva officially presented the pledges by GCH to raise awareness among Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) about the important role they can play to scale-out efforts to increase meaningful connectivity in cities. The GCH seeks to better connect local and regional governments to …

GCH proud to support Swiss whole-of-government pledge at GRF: Cities are also key to address refugee challenges!

The Global Cities Hub is proud to support the whole-of-government Swiss pledge, developed under the leadership of the city of Zürich and submitted at the Global Refugee Forum held in Geneva (13-15 Dec. 2023). Parties to the pledge commit to enhance the cooperation between the municipal, cantonal and federal levels in national refugee policymaking to …