Support Services

As an international city, Geneva offers a perfect mix of advantages: an incomparable quality of life, a dense network of partners and key international institutions, a cosmopolitan location in the heart of Europe, easy access, a highly-skilled multilingual workforce, top academic institutions, and a secure and neutral environment.

Several institutions assist newcomers upon their arrival in Geneva. They aim to ease the process of getting settled and integrated, and demonstrate the firm commitment of the Host authorities, whether at the federal, cantonal, or city levels, to do their best to ensure that international organizations based in Geneva or wishing to settle there can function under the best possible conditions. 

 


 

Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI) 

Welcome-CAGIThe Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI) was founded in 1996 by the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Geneva, with the support of national and local entities, both public and private. Its objective is to facilitate the installation and integration in the Geneva region of international civil servants, members of permanent missions, consulates and NGOs as well as their families. It also organises and supports cultural and social events which promote exchanges between the Internationals and the local community.

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CAGI's NGO Service

Foundation for Buildings for International Organizations (FIPOI)

FIPOIThe Foundation for Buildings for International Organizations (FIPOI), created in 1964 by the Geneva and Swiss authorities, helps provide international organizations with the facilities they need. Each international organization is unique and has specific needs. FIPOI provides targeted responses to each request. Its services include the rental and management of office facilities at reasonable rates, support and advice in facilities searches, and infrastructure financing at favourable rates.

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Action pour la Genève internationale et son rayonnement

AgirWith an aim to strengthen ties between International Geneva and local communities, Action pour la Genève internationale et son rayonnement (AGIR) was founded to promote Geneva as being foremost within civil society. Established by Graduate Institute's alumni in the framework of the WTO extension project, this Geneva-based association has been advocating the city’s role as the world capital for global governance.

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Bureau de l'Amiable Compositeur (BAC)

Canton de GenèveThe Office of the "Amiable Compositeur" is a mediation structure set up by the Geneva authorities to facilitate the resolution of labour disputes which might involve persons enjoying diplomatic or consular privileges and immunities. Faced with a potential or actual labour conflict, any member of the international community - employer or employee - may at any time engage the services of this Office. Its intervention is free and confidential.

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Cercle International de la Fondation pour Genève

Fondation pour GenèveCreated in 1999 by the Foundation for Geneva, the International Circle is a private-law association, run by some sixty volunteers and composed of some 400 members. Its purpose is to encourage, through women, the social links between senior representatives from international and Geneva backgrounds.

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Cité de la Solidarité Internationale

Cite de la SolidariteWhether you work for a non governmental or international organization, the Cité de la Solidarité Internationale offers you a warm welcome and makes available high quality services. The Cité de la Solidarité Internationale is developing and becoming increasingly innovative day after day to facilitate your organization's development and help you to settle into the Annemasse area and the wider metropolis of Geneva.

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Club Diplomatique

Club diplomatiqueThe Diplomatic Club of Geneva brings together its members so as to encourage relations between the different governmental, academic and private stakeholders in International Geneva.

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Club suisse de la presse - Geneva Press Club

CSPThe Geneva Press Club, located next to most international organizations, offers a perfect place for journalists, international organizations, international nongovernmental organizations and State representatives to meet and organize press conferences or seminars. It receives and helps journalists temporarily in Geneva and provides them with free access to a fully equipped press room to accommodate press conferences.

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Forum suisse de politique internationale - FSPI

FSPIFSPI’s mission is to establish and strengthen links between the world of international organizations and Swiss citizens. It is also a place of welcome for people newly arrived in Geneva, together with other institutions in charge of welcoming them. The Forum also aims to establish a dialogue and exchanges between its members and those of other associations, Swiss as well as foreign, which pursue similar objectives, through the organization of joint meetings.

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Greycells – association of former international civil servants for development

GreycellsGreycells – association of former international civil servants for development – is a channel through which retired international civil servants willing to contribute to the global development effort can make their experience and expertise available, on a volunteer basis. Greycells mobilizes expertise to provide: coaching and training; briefing and support to delegations participating in international meetings or negotiations; assistance to country representatives in preparing their contributions and position papers; analyses in the field of development and assessment of technical cooperation needs; assistance in policy and strategy formulation as well as in the preparation of programmes and project proposals.

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Impact Hub

Impact HubImpact Hub is a catalyst for social innovation: a coworking space, a consultancy and an innovation space. As part of the biggest global network for social innovation Impact Hub inspire, connect and enable our local community of changemakers to develop their ideas for a more sustainable world.

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International Security Police, Diplomatic Unit

Canton de GenèveEnsuring the safety of Geneva's international community is a daily concern of host authorities. A special unit within the Geneva police, the International Security Police, is exclusively dedicated to protecting the permanent missions and their diplomats, international organizations and their civil servants, international conferences, as well as visiting heads of State and Government. 

International Security Police, Diplomatic Unit: Working hours: 8 am -12 pm / 2 pm - 6 pm, Tel: 022 427 55 30, email: bsd@police.ge.ch

Protocol Service at Geneva Airport

Geneva AirportProtocol operations at Genève Aéroport are testimony to the dynamic environment of international Geneva. Protocol Services are reserved for the highest political levels, and there are now more than 4'200 events every year. The Protocol Service is dedicated to heads of state, prime ministers, incumbent ministers, heads of international organisations, members of royal families, and other visiting dignitaries. Greeting VIPs is organised exclusively at the official request of missions, consulates, embassies, or international organisations.

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Welcome to Geneva

Steps to follow upon arrival in the Canton of Geneva

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