What we do


Environment and Climate

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which comprises 193 states and territories maintaining their own meteorological service. The worldwide coopera...

Symbolfoto Weltgesundheitstag


Geneva has been the world’s health-capital for a long time. It hosts the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), a...

Mitarbeiter des Roten Halbmonds warten im syrischen Deir ez-Zor auf Lebensmittelabwürfe

Humanitarian Aid

Humanitarian Aid is aimed at supporting people in need: whether they became victims of natural disasters, epidemics or conflicts in their home region.  The German Federal Foreign Office can deploy em...

Uno Geneva, Human Rights Council Room

Human Rights

Ever since the Human Rights Council replaced the Human Rights Commission in June 2006, the 47 member states meet three times per year for at least ten weeks. Thematically, the Human Rights Council dea...

WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva

Intellectual Property

Innovations are a key to success. Therefore, intellectual property can be protected under certain circumstances – in the field of technology by patent; in the field of arts, literature and movies by c...

Internation Labour Organization

Labour and Social Affairs

The ILO is one of the few specialised UN system organisations older than the UN itself. Created in 1919 in the framework of the Treaty of Versailles, it took up its work in Geneva in 1920. After the ...

fugees in south-sudan

Migration and refugee policy

The number of refugees and displaced persons is at its highest since the Second World War. Among the people fleeing, there are many children and minors, who are especially vulnerable and therefore in ...

WTO, Geneva


The Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO) came into being in 1995 as the successor to what was then known as the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade). The WTO aims at ensuring greatest ...



Germany is the number one transit country within Europe. It attaches special importance to transport and German transport policies are met with keen interest at international level. The work unit for ...

UNOG, Palais des Nations Unies

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

is a permanent body of the UN General Assembly, dealing with trade and sustainable development issues as well as taking particular account of the concerns of developing countries. Established in 1964,...

United Nations Office at Geneva, Alley of Flags

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The UNECE is one of five Regional Economic Commissions of the United Nations. Apart from the countries of the European Union, its 56 Member States also include Eastern European and Central Asian count...

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

German Security Council candidature logo

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.