Connecting local and regional governments to the United Nations and other international organizations


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June 26, 2024 1:30 pm
Local governments are among the key actors in the design of public policies, including drug policies. While they pay significant financial, social and human costs related to the negative consequences of repressive drug policies, innovative initiatives also occur at city level. Join us for an insighftul discussion on the role of local governments in advancing drug policy reform.
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June 20, 2024 3:00 pm
This Geneva Urban Debate (GUD) aims to raise awareness about the relevant activities by UN Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and strengthen two-ways information exchange between the organization and Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) on the way for the United Nations Summit of the Future in September 2024 as well as for the United Nations Ocean Conference in 2025.
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The Smart City Leaders’ Talk at the WSIS+20 High-level Events discussed the issue of people-centered and sustainable smart city development and provided a great example of an inclusive dialogue between international organizations and local governments. Hosted by ITU, co-organized by GCH and WeGO, with the participation of OHCHR, UN-Habitat and contributions from eight smart city leaders from Bonn, Dhaka South, Dschang, Geneva, London, New York, Seberang Perai and Quelimane City, it offered a broad thematic and diverse geographical vision.


GCH and UN-Habitat sign agreement to continue fruitful cooperation and set new goals

On 14 June 2024, Global Cities Hub and UN-Habitat signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue their successful cooperation. The purpose of this MoU is to provide a framework of collaboration to advance the participation and engagement of LRGs in multilateralism and various aspects of sustainable urban development. UN Assistant Secretary-General and Acting Executive Director …

The ethical use of Artificial Intelligence in cities

It is widely assumed that AI and AI-associated technologies will enhance economic growth and public well-being in ‘smart cities’. GCH’s new policy paper argues that local and regional governments (LRGs) should deploy these technologies, but only when they contribute to LRGs’ public mission and enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of their …

Cities must beat the heat, but they face a lot of challenges!

On 29 May 2024, a few days ahead of Heat Action Day, the Global Cities Hub co-organized an event with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre on “Cities beat the heat”. With heatwaves being on the rise globally, occurring earlier in the summer, getting both longer and hotter due to climate change, we felt …