International Geneva

The city of Geneva has a long tradition of hosting international organizations. We speak of International Geneva to designate this particularity. The world recognizes it as much a center of expertise in matters of cooperation as a center of multilateral diplomacy.

Global Governance Centre

Since the creation of the Red Cross in 1863, International Geneva has developed considerably and diversified and currently constitutes one of the first poles of world governance. It thus embodies a major international commitment of the Confederation and of Geneva in favor of humanity.

Competence centre

The policy of active and continuously adapted reception of international organizations, representations of member countries and civil society has succeeded in making Geneva, and therefore Switzerland, a recognized center of expertise in the following areas:

  • peace, security, disarmament,
  • humanitarian action and law, human rights, migration,
  • work, economy, commerce, science, telecommunications,
  • health,
  • environment and sustainable development.

face-to-face, hybrid, online meetings


States represented by a permanent mission


Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)


delegates and experts


International Organizations (IO)

Directory of international organizations

Institutional actors

  • Fondation des Immeubles pour les Organizations Internationales (FIPOI): established by the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Geneva, the FIPOI offers a series of services intended to facilitate the establishment and activities of international organizations that have settled in Geneva since 1964 .
  • Geneva International Conference Center (CICG): inaugurated in 1973, the Center is intended to receive international conferences at the governmental level, of a political, economic and technical nature, but also any other type of private congress.
  • Palexpo & Villa Sarasin : an international exhibition and congress centre with 7 halls and a 100,000m2 congress centre that can be adapted to suit your needs. Villa Sarasin welcomes you for your seminars, receptions, cocktail parties or business meetings.
  • Fondation Genève Tourisme & Congrès (FGT&C) : its mission is to promote and sell Geneva as a tourist destination, but also to find the best personalised solutions for your event and benefit from the support of the State of Geneva.

Stay up to date about international Geneva !

Tribune de Genève : dedicated section in the daily newspaper.
Le Temps : dedicated section in the daily newspaper.
Geneva Solutions : an independent non-profit news platform covering International Geneva.
Genèvemonde : bridges between international organisations, the academic sector and the general public in Geneva.
The New Humanitarian : independent, non-profit newsroom reporting from the heart of conflicts, disasters, and other crises.
Geneva Press Club : organizes debates and conferences on the major issues of international Geneva for several years.
Cosmopolis : a program dedicated to International Geneva on the local TV channel Léman Bleu.
Genève Vision : a bimonthly RTS newsletter that tells the world’s story from international Geneva and Switzerland.
Geneva brief : the Geneva Platforms bring together the players, ideas and know-how concentrated in international Geneva.
UN Today : a magazine that provides international civil servants, diplomats and the entire local international community with news and analysis reflecting their activities.
United Nations Information Service Geneva : covers a range of activities taking place at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
UN Geneva Library & Archives : active knowledge hub for the international community and researchers on multilateralism and international cooperation.

Founded by the Swiss Confederation and the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the International Geneva Welcome Centre is the single entry point for the support and integration of employees of International Geneva and their families, NGOs and visiting delegates.