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Global Headquarters

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According to our strategic planning, in 2015 the WEF's global headquarters will be installed in Geneva, Switzerland. The office will coordinate activities of all the other branches around the world.

Some 130 multinationals already have a headquarters base in Geneva. Some of the reasons they have in common for choosing Geneva are the city’s central location in Europe and proximity to Africa and the Middle East, its quality of life, excellent infrastructure, highly educated and multilingual workforce, and stable and secure surroundings. International banks, world famous high-tech and biotech companies, as well as the world’s leading trading companies, have all chosen the city for their headquarters or a key office.

By doing so, it attempts to explain why Geneva has been picked by the World Education Fund (WEF) as their global headquarters location.


Geneva (French: Genève) is a global city, a financial centre, and worldwide centre for diplomacy and the most important UN international co-operation centre with New York thanks to the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. The city was ranked as the world's thirteenth most important financial centre for competitiveness by the Global Financial Centres Index, ahead of Frankfurt, and third in Europe after London and Zürich. And a 2009 survey by Mercer [1] found Geneva to have the third-highest quality of life of any city in the world (narrowly outranked by Zurich). The city has been referred to as the world's most compact metropolis and the "Peace Capital." [2]

Geneva is the European headquarters of the United Nations, in the Palais des Nations (Palace of Nations) building, which was also the headquarters of the former League of Nations. Several agencies are headquartered at Geneva, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and now the Worl Education Fund (WEF).

Geneva  is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zurich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The municipality (Ville de Genève) has a population (as of August 2011) of 191,803, and the canton (République et Canton de Genève, which includes the city) has 466,536 residents. In 2007, the urban area, or agglomération franco-valdo-genevoise (Great Geneva) had 1,240,000 inhabitants in 189 municipalities in both Switzerland and France. The economic area "Great Geneva-Bern area" has 2,9 million inhabitants.


Palais des Nations

palaisApart from the UN agencies, Geneva hosts many inter-governmental organizations, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Meteorological Organization (OMM), the World Economic Forum (WEF), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).   Organizations on the European level include the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) which is the world's largest particle physics laboratory.   The Geneva Environment Network (GEN) publishes the Geneva Green Guide,[3] and extensive listing of Geneva-based global organisations working on environment protection and sustainable development. A website[4] (by the Swiss Government, WBCSD, UNEP and IUCN) includes stories about how NGOs, business, government and the UN cooperate. 

 

[1] Mercer is a human resource and related financial services consulting firm, headquartered in New York City. The firm operates internationally in more than 40 countries, with more than 19,000 employees, and is the world's largest human resource consulting firm.
[2] "Cost of Living survey 2010 – City rankings". Mercer.com. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
[3] "Geneva Green Guide". International Environment House.
[4] "Partnerships for the Planet – Stories from Geneva". Partnerships4planet.ch. Retrieved 2010-07-03.