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EXPERTS DISCUSS HUMAN RIGHTS AT THE CITY LEVEL

‘Although the vast majority of national and local governments are currently focusing on pre-outbreak and outbreak planning, the most successful preparedness and response plans will have exit strategies and recovery plans in mind’ * António Guterres, Sercretary-General of the United nations View In an online conference co-organized by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, UN-Habitat, the Office of the …

MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE CITIES IN INTERNATIONAL DEBATES ON REFUGEE MATTERS!

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). ​ During those online events, the GCH had the opportunity to highlight …

GENEVA CITIES HUB 2020 ANNUAL RETREAT

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 …

HEALTH & CITIES:OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES FOR URBAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT

Background: 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 …