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At a glance: Switzerland

UNICEF in Geneva

The following UNICEF divisions/offices are based in Geneva:

  • Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP)
  • Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS RO)
  • Geneva Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS)
  • Geneva Liaison Office (GLO)

Geneva is the second largest United Nations hub, following New York, hosting the headquarters of key United Nations agencies and international organizations. The United Nations is currently made up of 193 Member States, of which 176 Permanent Missions are accredited to the United Nations Office in Geneva. Geneva also hosts more than 200 non governmental organizations and the highest number of Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs) supported by UNICEF, such as GAVI, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), UNAIDS, and UNITAID, among others.

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Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP)

The Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) aims to achieve results for children by maximizing UNICEF’s private fundraising and advocacy around the world. To carry out this mission, PFP coordinates fundraising activities and private sector partnerships with 34 National Committees for UNICEF and 21 of the organization’s country offices. The Division also implements global strategies in child rights advocacy, communication and brand positioning in National Committee countries through a range of partnerships, including with the media, corporations, civil society and young people.

PFP has two central pillars; private sector fundraising and private and public sector engagement. 

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Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS RO)

The Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS RO) coordinates and supervises UNICEF’s work in 22 countries and entities to ensure that no child is left out in UNICEF’s efforts to realize their rights.

The CEE/CIS RO advocates at the regional level for investment in children and for child-centred social policies, in addition to developing regional partnerships for the achievement of the SDGs. UNICEF supports governments to address common challenges across the region, to galvanize horizontal cooperation and mutual learning, and to document impact level results for children in multiple countries which share a similar historical context. UNICEF provides technical support, policy guidance and oversight, and intellectual leadership on children’s issues to the UNICEF country offices.

UNICEF has established a dedicated crisis cell in its CEE/CIS RO for migrant and refugee children in Europe to coordinate the overall UNICEF response.

Geneva Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS)

The Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) is responsible for emergency assistance, humanitarian policies, staff security and support to UNICEF offices in the field, as well as strategic coordination with external humanitarian partners both within and outside the United Nations system.

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UNICEF supports direct humanitarian action, emergency programmes and policies throughout all its divisions and offices, but concentrates coordination within EMOPS: the Office of Emergency Programmes based in New York and in Geneva.

EMOPS is also responsible for support to inter-agency early warning and preparedness activities and, internally, for the development of UNICEF’s own early warning system, the enhancement of preparedness tools, and the operationalization of preparedness plans at country, regional and headquarters levels. Through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (IASC) and other humanitarian coordination entities established among the United Nations family, EMOPS works to ensure that children’s interests are at the centre of the humanitarian policy debate both within the United Nations and among non-governmental organizations and other partners.

UNICEF Geneva Liaison Office (GLO)

The UNICEF Geneva Liaison Office (GLO) was established in October 2015 as part of the Public Partnerships Division (PPD) to better coordinate and leverage UNICEF’s strategic engagement in Geneva on children’s issues with Member States, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and other key partners. GLO works in coordination with UNICEF Headquarters in New York and the other Geneva-based Divisions (EMOPS, PFP, CEE/CIS RO) to ensure that UNICEF’s work and perspectives on various issues and initiatives are well represented in Geneva, including strategic advocacy priorities such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For more information please contact:
Email: genevaliaisonoffice@unicef.org
Telephone: +41 22 909 5111

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
5-7 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva
Switzerland

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