GCH EVENTS AND NEWS

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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.


During an event organized by civil society (+Peace, Impact: Peace, Generations for Peace), the specificities of urban violence and solutions thereto were discussed. 

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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THE GENEVA CITIES HUB HELD A STRATEGIC RETREAT

12 December 2019 | Geneva

Read the full report of the retreat.

THE CONSTITUTIVE ASSEMBLY ELECTED PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBERS AND APPOINTED THE DIRECTOR A.I.

2020 I Geneva

For more information, read the press release in English or French.

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