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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. The mission of the CAGI is threefold:

  1. To welcome and offer practical assistance for settling in to newcomers and their family to Geneva and the Lemanic region. These newcomers may be working for an international, governmental or non-governmental organisation, for a diplomatic mission, a consulate or a multinational company, as well as PhD students or professors at the Hôpitaux Universitaire de Genève (HUG), or at the University (UNIGE).

  2. To facilitate the stay of delegates from NGOs and members of civil society participating in international conferences and meeting organised in the Geneva and Lemanic region.

  3. To assist international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) already based in Geneva, as well as those interested in setting up an office in the region. The Service provides information, guidance and support.
The CAGI also organises and supports cultural and social events which promote exchanges between the Internationals and the local community.

Services offered by the CAGI

Newcomers Network

A programme of activities offered throughout the year to all international newcomers and their families facilitating the discover of Geneva and the region:
  • 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 accommodation (online housing programme)
  • Support with settling-in and departure procedure
  • Lease contract proofreading, tenancy law advice, administrative questions

 Communications, Events and Cultural Kiosk 

CAGI organises and participates in numerous events to promote the integration of the Internationals in Geneva by allowing them to meet many local communities:

  • Events in external collaboration, open to all  
  • Thematic conferences and activities organized by CAGI Services

Cultural Kiosk at UNOG

Dedicated to Internationals with access to the «Palais des Nations», the Kiosk provides information on cultural and tourist offers:
  • Sale of tickets for shows
  • Practical information about Geneva
  • Online Cultural Agenda

 NGO Service

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

Delegates Welcome Service 

Support to delegates attending international conferences, training courses and meetings in Geneva :

  • Logistical support and practical information
  • Potential subsidy to reduce accommodation costs


Since 1996, the CAGI has contributed towards consolidating and developing the strength Geneva and Switzerland as centres of international cooperation.





CAGI: Services & Contacts


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Radio Cité Genève 

CAGI's services offered to the "actors of International Geneva"
(in French - 14:47 min.)
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