Why participating in international conferences?
How to prepare for your participation in a conference (including visa issues, preparation, transportation and many more)
Requesting a visa for your travel to Switzerland
Golden rules for non-governmental representatives
Consultative status and other partnership agreements
For further information, see our FAQ on participating in an international conference.
Welcome Centre for Non-Governmental Organisations and Delegations:
Mandat International's Welcome Centre near the UN no longer adheres to fire security norms, and had to be closed.
Other low-cost accommodation:
Youth Hostel: Dormitories and double rooms between 19 and 48 Swiss francs per person.
City Hostel: Dormitories, double and single rooms between 32 and 65 Swiss francs per person.
Bed and Breakfast: Accommodation in a private household/family
Accommodation in hotels
Geneva hotels are generally very well kept. You should expect to pay about 100 Swiss francs per night in a standard hotel and more in a luxury hotel. A list of hotels provided by the Geneva Tourist Office is available here. You can also contact them by phone in order to inquire about availabilities in particular hotels.
For further information see our FAQ on accommodation.
Geneva International - collection of websites: collection of websites of NGOs and international organisations by area of activity
Geneva Forum - NGO Database: search organisations by country and type of organisation
ECOSOC database - database of NGOs in consultative relations with the UN: find NGOs in ECOSOC consultative status by field of activity or name
Geneva authorities - alphabetical list of NGOs: browse an alphabetic list of some NGOs with a representation in Geneva
NGO Focal points: List of people and services NGOs can contact within international organisations
NGO-info.org - Information Platform for NGOs: share information and develop partnerships with other organisations from around the world (includes a project-pool)
Information leaflet on international organisations in Geneva: basic information on Geneva-based international organisations (including a map)
List of conference facilities: details about facilities available to organise your own event
Mandat International's meeting room at the Centre for International Conference Participants.
List of meeting facilities provided by the NGO Service of the Canton of Geneva.
Documentation Centre: over 10'000 reference documents and 250 periodicals on international cooperation. Located at the Welcome Centre for Non-Governmental Organisations and Delegations.
Library of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies: comprehensive collection of paper and electronic ressources in the field of international relations and development. Located near the UN buildings / Place des Nations.
For further information, see Mandat International's collection of guides and handbooks.
Legal forms an NGO can take in Switzerland: "association", "foundation" or simply establishing an office? Contact the NGO service of the Canton of Geneva (provide sample statutes of an association). Information is also available through the association APRES-GE.
Registration of an NGO with Geneva authorities: Registration is not a requirement under Swiss law. It can though be helpful in terms of facilitating relations with Geneva authorities, in particular with regards to taxation (or exemption from it) and the obtention of work permits or office space as well as visas.
Taxation of NGOs and their employees in Switzerland
Work permits in Geneva
Finding office space in Geneva
NGO Welcome Desk
For any question you may have during sessions of the Human Rights Council, the Welcome Desk team is at your service next to the Serpentine Bar at Palais des Nations (Building E, door 40, downstairs). You may contact the Welcome Desk team anytime (including in between sessions) by E-mail at or by phone under +41 22 546 23 05. You may also pass at our Delegates' Centre at La Pastorale next to the UN following these directions.
Civil Society Section of the OHCHR
For any question in relation to the functioning of the Human Rights Council (including accreditation matters and oral or written statements), you may contact the Civil Society Unit of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights by E-mail at civilsocietyunit (AT) ohchr.org or by phone under +41 22 917 96 56.
NGO Liaison Unit of the United Nations Office in Geneva
For questions regarding ECOSOC consultative statues you may wish to consult the website of the NGO Branch of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs or contact the NGO Liaison Office of the UN in Geneva by E-mail at ungeneva.ngoliaison (AT) unog.ch or by phone under + 41 22 917 21 27
NGO Service of the Geneva authorities
For any questions with regard to establishing an NGO in Geneva (including legal forms, work permit or office space) you may wish to see the website of the NGO Service of the Geneva authorities or contact them by E-mail at ong (AT) cagi.ch or by phone under +41 22 546 14 00. If you wish to go to their office next to the UN, follow these directions.