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International Institutions

As host city to many international organizations, Geneva has become known as "International Geneva". It is home to a very wide range of international organizations active in areas as varied as humanitarian action, human rights, trade, environment and sustainable development, education and training, peacekeeping and security, meteorology, intellectual property, nuclear research, health, telecommunications and labour.


Similarly are nearby Lausanne and the shore of Lake Geneva host to numerous international institutions and NGOs, in particular in the field of sports and the environment.


World Trade Organization (WTO)

The WTO, established on 1 January 1995, is the legal and institutional foundation of the multilateral trading system. It provides the principal contractual obligations determining how governments frame and implement domestic trade legislation and regulations. It is also the platform on which trade relations among countries evolve through collective debate, negotiation and adjudication




United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

UNCTAD is the principal organ of the United Nations General Assembly in the field of trade and development. UNCTAD members aim to achieve steady sustained growth in all countries and to accelerate the development of developing countries, so that all people can enjoy economic and social well-being.



International Trade Center (ITC)

The ITC UNCTAD/WTO is the focal point in the United Nations system for technical cooperation with developing countries in trade promotion. As an executing agency of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ITC is directly responsible for implementing UNDP-financed projects in developing countries and economies in transition related to trade promotion.



The World Bank - Geneva Office

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. While the headquarter is located in Washington DC, the World Bank maintains a liaison office in Geneva.



United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

Geneva is home to the second largest United Nations office, after the New York Headquarters. UNOG is the largest and most active centre for conference diplomacy in the world and the site of many historic negotiations.




The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.


Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Basel

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international organization which fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks.

Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
The UN/ECE is the forum at which the countries of North America, western, central and eastern Europe and central Asia come together to forge the tools of their economic cooperation.

European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) was established in 1960 by the Stockholm Convention to eliminate tariffs and other restrictions on trade between EFTA members.

World Economic Forum (WEF)
The Geneva-based Word Economic Forum is widely known through its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF is an NGO in consultative status (Category 1) with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Crans-Montana Forum

The Crans Montana Forum was created in 1986. It is formally recognised notably for its purpose to contribute to the construction of a more Humane World: "Committed to a more Humane World".

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is an autonomous agency engaging in multi-disciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development.

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD or the Centre) was established in Geneva in September 1996 to contribute to a better understanding of development and environment concerns in the context of international trade.

South Centre
The South Centre works for the benefit of the South as a whole, making efforts to ensure that all developing countries and interested groups and persons have access to its publications and the results of its work, irrespective of membership.

International Textiles and Clothing Bureau (ITCB)

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