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Key Areas

Geneva is an important platform for international environmental governance , were numerous international organizations, forums, federations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations are based.

"Geneva – the operational hub of multilateral diplomacy – provides the foundation for our work, which is built on the need to bridge cultures, to develop a network of both traditional and non-traditional partners, as we address the world’s most significant social, economic, and environmental challenges."
US Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, 2016.

Green economy, green trade, green jobs

  • UN Environment Resources and Markets Branch
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • International Trade Center (ITC)
  • International Labour Organization (WTO) Green Jobs Program
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
  • World Economic Forum (WEF)

Chemicals and Health

  • UN Environment Chemicals & Health Branch
  • Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm Convetions Secretariat
  • Minamata Convention Secretariat
  • SAICM Secretariat
  • World Health Organization - Public health, environmental and social determinants of health
  • International Labor Organization - Occupational Safety and Health Unit
  • Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)


  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Climate Vulnerability Forum (CVF)
  • Geneva Pledge for Human Rights in Climate Action
  • Working Group on Human Rights and Climate

Conservation of biodiversity and nature

  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF International)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)


  • UN Water Secretariat
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • UNECE Water Convention or Helsinkin Convention
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Consultation Council (WSSCC)
  • Geneva Water Pole

Human Rights

  • High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat
  • Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • Earthjustice

Disaster risk reduction

  • United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
  • UN Post-Conflict and Diaster Management Branch
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Education and research

Geneva is an academic and intellectual platform, with institutes of research and training, as well as renowned academic institutions.

  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences-bUniversity of Geneva
  • Graduate Institute - Center for International Environmental Studies

Environmental monitoring

  • Global Resource Information Database-Geneva (UN Environment GRID-Geneva)