The International Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI) was founded in 1996 by the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Geneva, with the support of national and local entities, both public and private. Its mission is to facilitate the installation and integration in the Geneva and Lemanic region of international civil servants, members of permanent missions, consulates, NGOs, Multinational Corporations as well as their families.

It also organises and supports cultural and social events which promote exchanges between the Internationals and the local community.

The mission of the INTERNATIONAL Geneva Welcome Centre is threefold

  1. To welcome and offer practical assistance to newcomers in Geneva and in the Lemanic region, who are working for an international, governmental or non-governemental organisation, for a diplomatic mission, a consulate general or a multinational corporation, for a PhD student or a professor at the Cantonal Hospital or at the University.
  2. To facilitate the stay of delegates from NGOs and members of the civil society participating in conferences at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) and other international meetings organised within International Geneva.
  3. To assist international non-governmental organisations (NGO) already based in Geneva as well as those interested in establishing an office in the region. The service provides information, guidance and support.

Services offered by the CAGI

Newcomers Network

A program of activities offered throughout one year to all the international newcomers and their family which allows discovering Geneva :
  • Lunchtime conferences
  • Discover Geneva and the Lemanic region
  • Conversation Exchange Programme (BEL)

 Housing and Information

A unique source of information and personalised guidance:
  • Support in finding accomodation (online housing programme)
  • Settling-in & departure support
  • Lease contract proofreading, tenancy law advice, administrative procedures

 Communications, Events and Cultural Kiosk 

Organisation of events in a friendly atmosphere in order to promote meetings between the Internationals and the Geneva people:

  • Special theme evenings at La Pastorale
  • Afterworks in the City

Cultural Kiosk at UNOG

Dedicated to Internationals with access to the Palais des Nations, the Kiosk provides information and guidance on cultural and tourist offers:

  • Show tickets sales
  • Practical and touristic information
  • Discovery of Switzerland’s cultural offer

 NGO support Service

Assistance and support to International nongovernmental organisations, whether already based or interested in establishing an office in Geneva :
  • Interface between NGOs and public authorities
  • Online NGO recruitment platform
  • Meeting rooms on request

Delegates Welcome Service 

A support to delegates attending international conferences, trainings and meetings in Geneva :

  • Logistical support and pratical information
  • Potential subsidy to reduce accommodation costs
  • Working and meeting rooms available


Since 1996, the International Geneva Welcome Centre has contributed towards strengthening and developing the influence and attractiveness of Geneva and Switzerland as centre of international cooperation.

The CAGI contributes to consolidating and developing the influence and attractiveness of Geneva and Switzerland as a world centre for international cooperation.



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