Geneva Liaison Office

The Geneva Liaison Office (GLO) was established in 1979 in order to liaise UNESCO with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the UN Specialized Agencies based here (e.g. WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO and WMO), the UN programmes, funds and organizations (e.g. OHCHR, UNHCHR, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, etc.).

When necessary, the Office also assists UNESCO HQs to maintain and develop cooperation with the Swiss Commission for UNESCO and other Geneva-based partners (e.g. IPU, ICRC, CERN, IUCN, IOM, WEF, etc.) as well as the civil society organizations.

The GLO secures a place for UNESCO in the intergovernmental platform at the United Nations in Geneva, with quality and timely information based on a track record of both normative and field-based operational activities.

The Office facilitates the channeling of current and relevant information on UNESCO’s strategic objectives to the UN Secretariat, funds and programmes, permanent missions at the UN and civil society.

The GLO’s core tasks include inter alia:

  • representing UNESCO in different inter-governmental and UN inter-agency meetings and to many diverse cooperation platforms in Geneva;
  • advocating for UNESCO’s mandate, strategic programme priorities and orientations and acting as a clearing house for information of relevance to UNESCO;
  • developing new partnerships with UN entities, donors, the private sector and the civil society.

The Office focuses on issues related to Human Rights, Peace, Science and Technology for Development, Post Conflict and Post Disaster Reconstruction, Climate Change, Cultural Heritage, Information Society, UN Coordination Mechanisms and ECOSOC, among others.

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