Maldives at Geneva

Geneva is home to a startling array of international organizations and agencies, active in fields as diverse as humanitarian aid, trade, human rights, the environment and sustainable development, training and education, peace-keeping and security, meteorology, intellectual property, nuclear research, health, telecommunications and labour. In total, 22 international organisations have their headquarters in Geneva including, for example, the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Geneva is particularly important as one of the two main seats (along with New York) of the United Nations system. Two thirds of the activities of the United Nations system take place in Geneva, making it a key centre of international co-operation and multilateral negotiation. Key aspects of the UN’s work which take place in Geneva include the protection of human rights (through the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council), the protection of the environment (through the United Nations Environment Programme) and the use of trade as a tool to promote development (through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). Five of the UN’s specialised agencies including the World Health Organisation and the International Labour Organisation are also based in Geneva.

In addition to international organisations, 170 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have their seat in Geneva. These include the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) and many others.

Please use the navigation menu on the top to access information on the different ways in which the Maldives works with these organisations to further the interests of the country and its people.


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