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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.


  • 38 international organizations, 44 in whole Switzerland
  • 177 states represented
  • About 750 Non-governmental organizations (NGO)
  • About 32,000 international civil servants, diplomats and representatives of the civil society
  • More than 4,600 annual visits of heads of state and government, ministers and other dignitaries
  • More than 3,200 meetings annually with a total of 207,000 delegates from all 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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