About Us


The UNWTO Liaison Office in Geneva (GVLO) represents the World Tourism Organization in Geneva to the UN System, other International Organizations (IOs) and Diplomatic Missions, with the objective to provide policy advice to the Secretariat, contributing to UNWTO's ability to meet its mandate and priorities. 

The UNWTO Geneva Liaison Office's mission is to strengthen UNWTO's role and capacity for efficient support to its member states in the context of the 2030 Agenda for achieving the SDGs as well as through tourism's relationship with trade. 




The scope of work of the UNWTO Liaison Office relates to:

1. Advocacy, positioning tourism in the development and trade agenda

2. Building Strategic Partnerships for increased capacity

3. Research and innovation for the 2030 Agenda

4. Exploring opportunities for Resource Mobilization

5. Representing UNWTO in Geneva to the UN System and Diplomatic Missions 


GVLO Liaison Office Official Opening


On 10 January 2017, UNWTO officially opened its Liaison Office in Geneva. The new office is based in the headquarters of the International Trade Centre.



                                                                                              Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General UNWTO and ITC Executive Director Arancha González 


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