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Geneva Green Guide

City of Geneva

City of Geneva Unité Agenda 21, 5, rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville CH-1211 Geneva 3

Tel: 
(+41 22) 418 29 00
Fax: 
(+41 22) 418 29 01
Contact: 

Etienne Lezat, Tel: (+41 22) 418 22 96, Email: etienne.lezat@ville-ge.ch

Description

The City of Geneva (pop. 185,000) is the largest commune of the Canton of Geneva and the second largest city in Switzerland. Starting in 2001, the City has developed a municipal Agenda 21. Through ICLEI, Geneva also promotes the view that cities have a key role to play in promoting sustainable development. The City’s Administrative Council ensures that all its divisions use environmental management systems to implement environmentally sound practices and that they actively raise public awareness. It also supports cooperation programmes with cities in the South.

Organization: 
National and local government
Activities: 

The City of Geneva (pop. 185,000) is the largest commune of the Canton of Geneva and the second largest city in Switzerland. Starting in 2001, the City has developed a municipal Agenda 21. Through ICLEI, Geneva also promotes the view that cities have a key role to play in promoting sustainable development. The City’s Administrative Council ensures that all its divisions use environmental management systems to implement environmentally sound practices and that they actively raise public awareness. It also supports cooperation programmes with cities in the South. The City’s partnerships and priorities are guided by sustainable development principles. Key offices are:

  • the General Directorate: employment, working conditions, training and awareness-raising about ecological actions at places of work etc;
  • the Department of Finance and General Administration: sound procurement policy and electronic rather than paper communication etc;
  • the Department of Town Planning, Construction and Roads: urban management, transport and mobility, studies on noise, sound water use and energy efficiency, ecobuildings, maintenance of public buildings and public areas, waste collection;
  • the Department of Cultural Affairs: conservation of biodiversity, environmental protection, broad access to culture, support for creativity, maintenance of heritage, support for cultural diversity in the city, literacy campaigns, awareness-raising about sustainable development, North-South and South-South cooperation;
  • the Department of Sports and Security: promotion of sports and health, risk management, intervention in the event of major ecological accidents;
  • the Department of Social Affairs, Schools and the Environment: community assistance to improve quality of life, linking generations and cultures and encouraging solidarity with those in greatest need to improve social cohesion, upkeep of green spaces and the use of environmentally sound practices as part of the City’s self-improvement policy.
Cooperation: 

with numerous local, regional and international organizations as well as with academic institutions, UNEP and ICLEI.

Publications: 

See the Arcade d’information municipale (1 pont de la Machine) and the website.

Keywords: 
health
transport
ozone
land & landuse
standards
public awareness
conservation
agenda 21
energy
biological diversity
waste