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Key Areas

Geneva is an important hub for international environmental policy, where many international organizations, forums, federations and non-governmental organizations have their headquarters.

"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 Economics and Trade Branch
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Jobs Programme
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • International Centre for Trade and Sustainablen Development (ICTSD)

Chemicals & Waste

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


Biodiversity & Nature conservation

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


  • UN Water Secretariat
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • UNECE Water Convention or Helsinkin Convention
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
  • Geneva Water Hub

Human rights

  • OHCHR:
  • UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat
  • Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
  • Earthjustice

Disasters risk prevention

  • UN Environment Post-Conflict and Diaster Management Branch
  • ICRC

Education & Research

Geneva is an academic and intellectual hub, where various research and training institutes are based, along with renowned academic institutions.

  • UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • University of Geneva International Institute for Environmental Sciences
  • Graduate Insitiute Centre for International Environmental Studies 

Environmental monitoring

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