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Ensuring sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems is crucial for cities

On 8 March, the event “Cities and sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems” co-organized by the Global Cities Hub (GCH) and the Nutrition in City Ecosystems (NICE) project, in collaboration with FAO, raised huge interest. It gathered city representatives from Bangladesh, Kenya and Rwanda, and various international stakeholders dealing with the issue, including FAO, WHO, …

Ensuring housing affordability and ending homelesness are necessary investments to be made by Governments at all levels

On 5 March 2024, in the margins of the 55th session of the Human Rights Council, the Global Cities Hub (GCH) moderated a side-event co-organized by Brazil, Finland, Germany and Namibia to address the interlinked issues of housing (un)affordability and homelessness, both very topical for local and regional governments (LRGs). In today’s urbanized world, the …

GCH contributes to UNEA-6 resolutions and Cities and Regions Summit

UNEA-6 focuses on how multilateralism can help tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. The Assembly is an important opportunity for all levels of governments, including LRGs, and civil society to shape the global environmental policy.

Exploring areas of cooperation with UNCTAD SG Rebeca Grynspan

On 9 February 2024, we had an inspiring discussion with SG Rebeca Grynspan on the activities of UNCTAD and the potential areas of connecting LRGs to the work of the organization. Localizing SDGs and linking investment to SDGs are key to advance socio-economic development and achieve our goals set in Agenda 2030. UNCTAD Member States …

Pact for the Future: transforming global governance

On 29 January 2024, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process for the Summit of the Future – Germany and Namibia – published the first proposal (zero draft) for the Pact for the Future. This Pact will be adopted by the UN General Assembly as the outcome of the Summit of the Future (September 2024), which should constitute a …

SDG-driven and climate resilient local public-private partnerships

On 25 January 2024, the Global Cities Hub (GCH), in cooperation with UN-Habitat and WAPPP organized the Geneva Urban Debate on “Using local Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to create more reliable and resilient infrastructure”. We could hear from experts and practitioners about strategies to optimize locally aligned PPP projects for critical infrastructure development and financing. While …