Why UN Geneva?

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Why the United Nations at Geneva?


Geneva is a great place for NGOs to begin their United Nations adventure. While internationally well-known, Geneva is also very manageable in size. It boasts a clean, efficient and affordable public transportation system, facilitating regular access to and from Geneva, the United Nations Office and the many UN agencies. In addition, Geneva offers a range of comfortable accommodation options.


Coming to Geneva allows for crucial networking, including participation in the often collective work of a statement preparation and/or co-sponsorship, and attendance at various parallel events that take place during the Human Rights Council. Much of the work at the United Nations Office in Geneva thus centers on human rights. Human rights are said to be universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated and are likely to touch upon any one area of an NGO’s mandate.

The Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.

The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 27 March 2015 there are 41 thematic and 14 country mandates.

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