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The city of Geneva has a long tradition of hosting international organisations. For this reason, reference is made to "International Geneva", acknowledging not only the city's pivotal role in terms of cooperation, but also its position at the forefront of multilateral diplomacy.

Since the founding of the Red Cross in 1863, International Geneva has evolved considerably into what is now one of the foremost centres of global governance. It thus symbolises the significant international humanitarian commitment made by the Swiss Confederation and by Geneva itself.


  • 43 international institutions, organisations, bodies and secretariats in Switzerland, with 37 in Geneva
  • 380 NGOs approximately 
  • 177 states represented in Geneva
  • 257 permanent missions, representations and delegations in Geneva
  • 22,500 members of organisations with authorised headquarters in Switzerland, with 21,500 in Geneva
  • 1,100 members of organizations with tax agreements in Switzerland, with 920 in Geneva
  • 1,400 members of international bodies, with 815 in Geneva
  • 2,700 members of non-governmental organisations in Geneva
  • 4,000 members of permanent missions, representations and delegations in Geneva
  • 2,800 meetings annually with a total of 219,000 delegates from around the world


The policy of actively welcoming and continually adapting to the needs of international organisations, the representatives of their respective Member States and of civil society has made Geneva – and hence also Switzerland – a recognised centre of expertise in the following areas:

  • peace, security and disarmament
  • humanitarian action and humanitarian law, human rights and migration
  • labour, economics, trade, science and telecommunications 
  • health 
  • the environment and sustainable development 


New York, where the UN headquarters is situated, and Geneva are the world's main centres of multilateral diplomacy. Geneva is the most active centre of global governance, however, with over 3,300 meetings annually, bringing together approximately 221,000 delegates from all around the world. Some 4,400 prominent figures, including heads of state and government, ministers and other dignitaries, travel to Geneva each year.

Source: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office (UNOG)


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