Republic and State of Geneva

The international community forms an integral part of the Geneva canton's identity.

Authorities are determined to provide it with the best conditions to perform its work. A long tradition, dating back to the 1870s, underlines this commitment.

Thanks notably to its protocol office, the Republic and State of Geneva has always ensured the permanence and quality of the relations that the Geneva Government maintains with the diplomatic and consular community, as well as with international organizations, NGOs and their management.

In 2004, the Republic and State of Geneva adopted a law creating the necessary bodies to strengthen and streamline its support to international institutions.

The various departments of the canton's administration are involved in this important endeavour, from ensuring the security of these institutions to supporting world-class academic institutions. Overall, the Geneva canton has responsibilities notably in the following domains: land administration, taxes, primary, secondary and higher-level education, health, foreigners' integration and security.

A standing committee, bringing together high-ranking civil servants from the various departments - the Groupe Interdépartemental aux Affaires Internationales (GIAI) -, ensures a coordinated action. This committee is chaired by the Delegate for International Geneva who is responsible for handling all issues relating to the activities and installation of international organizations in Geneva.

The government is also advised on its support to these institutions in Geneva by a group of personalities, the Commission consultative.