As the international community embarks on a global debate to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, it is important to consider the crucial work undertaken at municipal level to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and the role of local authorities in preventing and responding to possible future pandemics.
Geneva Urban Debates
With various partners, the GCH organizes ‘Geneva Urban Debates’ (GUDs) on issues that concern cities and the Geneva international ecosystem. This section presents the GUDs and related background information
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Today, the use and misuse of plastic have become a significant burden for authorities. As such, plastic pollution is being debated at all levels by States, regional and local authorities, businesses, closely followed a large group of civil society organizations. This topic has also been on the radar of several international organizations, such as the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with a system-wide coordination mechanism being put in place by the United Nations.
When talking about National Human Rights Systems, one rarely thinks about cities or local authorities as domestic actors who have a key role in the implementation of international human rights law. Yet, they clearly do address human rights concerns because of their key role in public service delivery and of their proximity to their residents.