Geneva hosts a unique wealth of international organizations, institutional networks and expertise that are inspired by a culture of dialogue and cooperation. The city houses the European Headquarters of the United Nations, 34 international organizations (of a total of 40 based in Switzerland) and some 400 NGOs. Together with the 174 States represented in Geneva through a Permanent Mission to the UN, International Geneva employs about 24’000 people. The city also welcomes each year some 3’000 heads of state and government as well as ministers, and around 2’400 conferences. This concentration of stakeholders and conferences in a single city is unique and gives Geneva a leading role in global governance. The key to successfully addressing the increasingly complex global challenges is to work together across national, institutional and intellectual boundaries.
For a more comprehesive list of the international actors in Geneva and where to find them, visit International Geneva.