Global Alliance for Urban Crises

The Global Alliance for Urban Crises was launched during a Special Session at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. The Alliance arose out of consultation with urban experts, developing the Urban Crises Charter based on a set of urban recommendations to be put into action. Prior to the launch, UN-Habitat and other organizations co-led a series of consultations with urban experts to inform Alliance principles towards humanitarian response.

As part of UN-Habitat’s commitments during the World Humanitarian Summit, UN-Habitat sits on the Alliance Steering Group, providing direction to the Alliance, and co-hosts the Secretariat along with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), in Barcelona, Spain.

Currently, the Alliance has over 50 members from the international humanitarian/development sector, academia/knowledge management organizations, networks of urban professionals and local authorities.

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Progress to date

The Secretariat supported the vision of the Alliance by hosting a Meeting of the Working Groups in early October 2017, in Paris, France. The Working Groups met for the first time to discuss the way forward and road map to deliver on the Alliance vision. During the same forum for local governments, the Alliance met with Haitian Mayors to discuss best practices, lessons learned and receive feedback regarding country-specific humanitarian response.