GCH EVENTS AND NEWS
LAUNCHING A RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION BY AND IN CITIES OF THE RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING
11 February 2021
We are happy to welcome Marie Boyenval, a Geneva Academy student enrolled in the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Her participation in this research, together with the GCH team, forms part of an internship integrated into this programme.
URBAN TREES AND FORESTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS THE UN DECADE ON ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION COMMENCES
1 February 2021
The GCH supports the Tree Challenges Campaign promoted by the UNECE, in the framework of their partnership.
MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE CITIES IN INTERNATIONAL DEBATES ON REFUGEE MATTERS!
18 January 2021
The Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) was invited by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to take part in the 2020 High Commissioner's Protection dialogue closing session (9 December 2020) and in the Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of UNHCR (18 January 2021).
GENEVA CITIES HUB 2020 ANNUAL RETREAT
11 December 2020
The Geneva Cities Hub (GCH) held its annual retreat on 11 December. The retreat provided an opportunity to step back and reflect collectively on the role in multilateralism of cities and local governments (‘cities’) and what should be done to enhance it. It began with a plenary debate on how cities can be included most effectively in multilateralism. Two working groups then focused on specific entry points that could enable cities to contribute to Geneva’s multilateral and intergovernmental processes: the follow-up to the UNECE Forum of Mayors and the UN human rights system.
URBAN TALK ON HEALTH & CITIES:
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR URBAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT
3 December 2020
The urban determinants of health – i. e. upstream social, economic and environmental factors which have an impact on people’s health and well-being at every stage of their life – were the subject of an urban talk organized by the Geneva Cities Hub on 3 December 2020.
HEALTH & CITIES:
OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES FOR URBAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT
3 December 2020, 10h00 – 11h15, Online
COVID-19 has put cities in the limelight, due to their role as epicenters of the pandemic (cities concentrate 95% of reported COVID cases, according to the UN). Their size, high level of connectivity and urban overcrowding make them particularly vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases. On the other hand, the density and infrastructure of cities, as well as the municipal authorities’ proximity to the population allow them to swiftly intervene and provide public health services in an effective manner, when they have the resources, capacity and powers to do so.
OFTEN LEFT UNADDRESSED, URBAN VIOLENCE WAS A KEY TOPIC DURING THE GENEVA PEACE WEEK
3 November 2020
While violence in armed conflict draws much attention, the reality is that 9 out of 10 instances of lethal violence actually take place outside of conflict zones, mainly in cities. Often left unaddressed, in large part because it affects people who suffer the most from inequalities, urban violence was a key topic during the Geneva Peace Week (2-6 Nov. 2020), a leading annual forum in the area of international peacebuilding.
THE GENEVA CITIES HUB WELCOMES THE LAUNCH OF UN-HABITAT’S WORLD CITIES REPORT 2020
30 October 2020
Joining the UN-Habitat’s Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Eduardo López Moreno, Director of Research and Capacity Building, the Geneva Cities Hub’s Director Daria Cibrario and UNECE’s Director of Forest, Land and Housing Division Paola Deda welcomed UN Habitat’s launch of the World Cities Report 2020 in a press conference at the UN in Geneva. The Report will be released on 31 October 2020, UN World Cities Day.
GENEVA LAUNCH OF THE WORLD CITIES REPORT 2020
3 November 2020, 15:30 - 17:00, online
UN Habitat, UNECE and the Geneva Cities Hub invite you to join Geneva-based international organizations, civil society and local government representatives in a “glocal” conversation on the role of cities and local communities as they address the many challenges and opportunities highlighted in the World Cities Report 2020 to be released on UN World Cities Day 31 October 2020
FIRST EVER FORUM OF MAYORS TAKES PLACE AT THE UN IN GENEVA.
6 October 2020
Cities are not only the place where we live. They are crucial actors for global policymaking and therefore deserve a space in the international arena. The first Forum of Mayors organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, in partnership with the Geneva Cities Hub, has given a voice to local governments in a formal UN process.
MAYOR SAMI KANAAN REAFFIRMS NEED TO INCLUDE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE PREPARATION AND RESPONSE TO FUTURE HEALTH CRISES AT WHO EVENT
6 October 2020
On 1st October, Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub took part alongside Health Ministers in a high-level virtual side-event on “Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget" cycle”. The event was co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), France, Finland and Indonesia, in the margins of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
THE UNION OF SWISS CITIES, THE CITY OF GENEVA AND THE GENEVA CITIES HUB DISCUSS URBAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
29 September 2020
On 25 September 2020, the Director and Deputy Director of the Union of Swiss Cities (UVS) met with representatives of the City of Geneva and with the Director of the Geneva City Hub (GCH) to discuss the association’s mission, identify synergies with International Geneva, and opportunities for collaboration in the field of international municipal relations.
APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW DIRECTOR OF GENEVA CITIES HUB
14 September 2020
Mr. Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva and President of the Geneva Cities Hub (GCH), together with the Board of GCH, are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Daria Cibrario as GCH’s Director following a three-month selection process.
The GCH was established in March 2020, as an association under Swiss law, to be a platform for dialogue and a springboard for cooperation on global urban policy issues within the International Geneva ecosystem.
THE GENEVA CITIES HUB: A NEW INITIATIVE TO STRENGTHEN THE PRESENCE OF URBAN ACTORS IN INTERNATIONAL GENEVA
25 August 2020
Mr. Sami Kanaan, Mayor of the City of Geneva, presented the Geneva Cities Hub, a new platform focusing on urban actors and issues. Created by the City of Geneva and the Canton of Geneva with the support of the Swiss Confederation, the Geneva Cities Hub will promote discussion and cooperation on urban issues within the International Geneva community and forge closer links between cities, city networks and Geneva-based actors.
GENEVA CITIES HUB LAUNCH EVENT
25 August 2020
The Geneva Cities Hub-GCH facilitates relations between urban actors from around the world and the Geneva-based international institutions including the United Nations family, diplomatic missions, civil society organizations and the Academia. The Geneva Cities Hub coordinates its activities with major city networks, through partnership.
JOIN MAYORS IN BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE COVID-19 RECOVERY FOR ALL
24 July 2020
Geneva Cities Hub joins the launch of the Global Mayors Solidarity Campaign for Inclusive COVID-19 Response & Recovery. This is an effort to lift up the visionary leadership of cities in driving an inclusive response to the global pandemic, and a call on national and international decision-makers to ensure no one is left behind because of migration status.
The related content, including a Mayoral Joint Statement, Campaign Video, Press Release, and City Spotlight Stories is available on our COVID-19 campaign hub.
ONLINE MEETING ON GENDER-RESPONSIVE CITIES CLOSES A CONFERENCE SERIES ON INCLUSIVE CITIES
16 June 2020 | Online Event
A two-day online expert meeting on gender-responsive cities closed last week a series of three online conferences on inclusive cities – co-organized by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, UN-Habitat, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Geneva Cities Hub – aimed at informing UN-Habitat Strategic Plan for 2020-2023.
TOWARDS INCLUSIVE CITIES: EXPERTS DISCUSS ONLINE THE SITUATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND OLDER PERSONS
19-20 May 2020 | Online Event
During two days around 60 experts – representatives of organizations of PWD, experts from United Nations (UN) and governmental agencies, members of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and the UN Special Rapporteur on persons with disabilities – analysed existing challenges and barriers for PWD and older persons in an urban context and made specific recommendations thereof.
EXPERTS DISCUSS HUMAN RIGHTS AT THE CITY LEVEL
June 9, 2019
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