Geneva Lakeside to Host Exhibition on City Successes in Reducing Urban Poverty

Mar 18, 2014

An array of motorbikes crossing Long Bien Bridge on Red River in Hanoi, Vietnam: Half of the world’s population lives in urban environments. Most urbanites live in cities of fewer than 500,000 people. Photo Credit:Kibae Park/UN Photo

UNDP and the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty Seek to Showcase City-Lead Solutions in front of a global audience

Geneva -- Poverty is a multifaceted reality. It is not only defined by a lack of adequate income; it is a cruel mix of human deprivation in knowledge, health, dignity and rights, obstacles to participation and lack of voice.

Despite progress achieved since the endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals by world leaders at a UN summit in September 2000, human poverty still remains widespread in many parts of the world and the gaps between the rich and the poor are expanding. In addition, for the first time in human history more than half the world’s people live in cities. More than 90% of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to cities each year. During the next two decades, the urban population of the world’s two poorest regions - South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa - is expected to double.

The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty is a network of more than 900 cities working together to confront development challenges collectively. It was launched by the UN Development Programme in 1996 to support its member-cities to mobilize individuals, governments, and all sectors of society to confront the many challenges of urban poverty and to share successes with other cities.

The Quai Wilson – a busy promenade on Geneva’s lakefront, at the heart of the international sector district – will be the site of a public photographic exhibition in August 2014, showcasing inspiring examples of poverty reduction in the urban environment, with an emphasis on those examples that are shared and applied in other cities.

WACAP is inviting members and non-members alike to submit photographs depicting efforts to confront urban poverty in all its forms. The images will be presented on 100 panels that will be installed along the Geneva lakefront in front of the Palais Wilson, headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the historic headquarters of the League of Nations.

Eligibility for submission: The photographs should take a creative approach to illustrating solutions, changes that have brought about tangible and durable improvements in people’s lives. We would especially like to see examples of city to city cooperation in sharing best practices. The selected images will be based on technical quality, composition, originality, artistic merit, and relevance to urban development and poverty reduction.

Required information: Please note that all images submitted must be accompanied by a description including photographer credits and affiliate organization, and a brief note describing the scene with the names of any persons depicted (correctly spelled). This information must be included in the metadata of the image file itself and also be submitted electronically on the submission form.

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. If image resolutions are too low we will not be able to reproduce them on the displays.

Selection: Photographs will be selected by the organisers of the exhibition on the basis of their artistic merit, the relevance of subject matter and geographic representation. Contributors are welcome to submit more than one photograph, although in some cases a maximum of two photographs from each contributor will be used. All use of images will identify the photographer and organization represented.

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