Call for photographs

March 17, 2014

WACAP Call for photographs

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

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Share your vision of urban poverty challenges being confronted creatively

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.

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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. As well, 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. The Alliance supports 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 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.

WACAP8 Video: Sascha Haselmayer, CEO, on working with cities toward innovative solutions

August 02, 2013

Dublin City Council hosted the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty in February 2013 jointly with the UNDP and WACAP. During the Forum the Lord Mayor of Dublin called on cities to join with the City Council and to help cities define their needs, publish them to the marketplace and discover the available solutions. 

Sasha Haselmayer from was a key note speaker at the 8th Forum and he gave examples of how cities who have worked with have come up with innovative solutions to help eliminate issues with urban poverty.

Poverty summit in Dublin ends with focus on practical solutions to urban poverty

February 21, 2013
Dublin – The eighth biannual Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty concluded in Dublin today with bold promises to put words into action. More than 500 delegates from cities around the world met for two days to debate, discuss and deliberate on solutions to urban poverty challenges.

Thousands more attended virtually online, as this was the first WACAP Forum to take advantage of crowdsourcing, tapping into the experiences and expertise of people throughout the world for ideas and examples of how to best make cities smart, safe and sustainable. Through its social media approach, WACAP8 reached an astonishing number of 2.8 million followers online.

WACAP8 Videos on Plenary Session 1: 'Where does Technology fit in the Fight Against Poverty' Now Online!

February 21, 2013

Vinay Venkatraman, Co-Founder and Designer at Copenhagen Insitute for Interaction Design giving some fascinating case studies on the institute's work at WACAP8 in Dublin on February 20th, 2013 in Dublin


Tengfie Tong from People's Government Forum in Beijing presenting a case study of his city.


Join the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty through Social Media

February 18, 2013

As city leaders head to Dublin this week to discuss solutions to urban poverty challenges, others stay home and participate online

GENEVA/Dublin - Anyone, anywhere, with Internet access is invited to participate in this year's bi-annual Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) in Dublin, Ireland this Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 February. The WACAP Forum is a global conference organized to discuss the growing problem of urban poverty. This is the first time since the Alliance was established in 1997 that those affected by urban challenges - the citizens - are able to take part in the discussions, submit questions, offer solutions and follow the conference online.

City Officials Convene in Dublin to Tackle Urban Poverty Challenges at UN Forum. 50 countries to be represented in next week’s 8th Summit of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

February 11, 2013

GENEVA/Dublin – 11 February 2013: Mayors and other senior municipals authorities from more than 100 cities will convene next week in Dublin, Ireland to discuss, debate and deliberate solutions to growing urban poverty challenges made more severe by the current economic crisis. The cities include those from across Europe, but also from as far away as Ankara, Abeokuta and Addis Ababa to Beijing, Banjul, Cairo and Khartoum.

United Nations Development Business (DB) and WACAP join hands

February 07, 2013

UN Development Business will participate in WACAP8 through its chief, Nina Brandt, who will address the audience in a plenary session on the role of public private collaborations in facing urban challenges. UN Development Business calls upon business leaders to also join the cause and become part of this event. WACAP8 provides several partnership and exhibition opportunities and partners of UN Development Business are offered a 10% discount on these packages.

Technology fights poverty – Dublin showing the way

January 09, 2013

Technology fights poverty – Dublin showing the way

Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí says “At the start of 2013 we get the chance to reflect on the events of the past 12 months and we think of people who are no longer with us – some close family and friends and some people in different parts of the world whose lives have changed in 2012 through acts of nature and through conflict.

We also look forward to the New Year - the start of a New Year is always a time of hope and new beginnings.

Cities from Across the Globe Prepare for Urban Development Summit in Dublin. Six weeks to go before the 8th Summit of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty

January 09, 2013

GENEVA – 9 January 2012: With six weeks to go before the 8th Summit of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty in Dublin, Ireland, a growing number of participants are preparing to share hundreds of best practices in sustainable urban management with other cities.

United Cities and Local Governments: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

December 19, 2012

The city of Rabat is preparing to host the second World Summit of local and regional leaders and the 4th Congress of our partner UCLG's World Organization, from 1st to 4th October 2013. This event coincides with the one hundredth anniversary of the municipal movement across the world and we wish to make it a moment of sharing and assembly between Africa and the rest of the world.

World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty Receives an Award for Promoting South-South and Triangular Cooperation

November 26, 2012


Adam Rogers, Coordinator of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, accepts an award from Yiping Zhou, Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation, for WACAP's "Special contribution to south-south and triangular cooperation." Photo by Ferran Perez / UNDP


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