OCSTAT Press Release: International organizations in Geneva in 2011/2012

13 November 2012

Geneva, November 13, 2012

In March 2012, there were 22,233 people working for international organizations (IOs) established in Geneva. Taking into account the 3,881 permanent mission employees accredited to the UN or other IOs, the international public sector (excluding consulates) employs 26,114 people.

In application of the Host State Act (LEH), which came into force on January 1, 2008, IOs are differentiated according to whether they have a Headquarters agreement, a Tax agreement or a Privileges and Immunities agreement.

According to the 2012 survey results, the international public sector (excluding consulates) employs 26,114 people, 2,9% more than in 2011. In one year, overall employment in international organization, which represents 85% of this sector, rose by 3,5%.

In 2011, spending by international organizations were just over 5 billion francs. It fell significantly compared to 2010 (- 900 million), a record year in term of expenditure, but also in relation to 2009 (- 500 million).This is partly explained by the strengthening of the Swiss Franc against the US Dollar and the Euro - currencies of reference for most donors and international organizations.

Moreover, while the number of conferences organized by international organizations in 2011 is a little higher than 2010 (2,688), the number of delegates and experts who participated is particularly high (198'745).

For more information

The International organizations: 2012 survey results
Statistical information n° 62, OCSTAT, Geneva, December 2012 (3 pages).
This publication is available for free download on the OCSTAT website.

It contains a complete list of international organizations based in Geneva by type of agreement.

Press Release No. 35 - For more information, Sébastien Blanc, Tel. +41 22 388 75 45


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