This section presents work on urban issues that international actors are doing in Geneva. It aims to showcase that work, forge connections between those actors, and build a community of urban experts in Geneva.
The Human Rights Council is the principal UN intergovernmental body responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights. As such, it looks upon the role of local governments and its subsidiary mechanisms engage with them.
The High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement works to identify recommendations on how to better address the global internal displacement crisis. Internal displacement in urban contexts is one of the issues examined by the Panel.
Institution:UN SG’s High Level Panel on Internal Displacement
Headquartered in Geneva, IFRC works with all National Red Cross/Crescent Societies to provide humanitarian assistance in non-conflict situations (e.g., disasters, health emergencies), which increasingly occur in urban contexts.
The ICRC helps people affected by conflict and armed violence and promotes the laws that protect victims of war. It operates worldwide, including in urban areas where the human cost of armed conflict and violence is innumerable.
Institution:International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
UN Habitat works for a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world. Headquartered in Nairobi, UN Habitat has an office in Geneva. It is one of the principal partners of GCH, given its focus on urban actors and matters.
Headquartered in Geneva, UNECE is one of the five UN regional economic commissions. With its 56 member States, UNECE promotes economic development, including urban sustainability. It is of the principal partners of GCH in Geneva.