UNWTO in International Geneva


UNWTO's presence in Geneva has the potential to substantially increase the positive impact of tourism as an engine for development. As part of the UNWTO Geneva Liaison Office (GVLO) scope of work to represent UNWTO to the UN System and Diplomatic Missions in Geneva and in building strategic partnerships for increased capacity,  GVLO has participated in numerous United Nations System led activities.



International Trade Centre (ITC)

  • UNWTO opened its liaison office at premises of ITC headquarters on 10 January 2017.
  • The strategic partnership between ITC and UNWTO optimises the two organisations' resources and competencies to share perspectives in the process of rethinking a joint approach to Aid for Trade in tourism. The partnership also aims at having a more integrated and innovative approach of tourism development for inclusive growth.
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      International Labour Organisation (ILO) 

  • The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is first-ever, comprehensive United Nations system-wide effort for the promotion of youth employment worldwide, December, 2016


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 

  • First Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Consumer Protection Law and Policy, October 2016 




United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


  • First Consultative Meeting- The Unied Nations Systems's Contribution to the Promotion of Peace: Past, Present, and Future Persepectives- with UNOG, UNDP, UNICEF, FAO, UNFPA, ILO, UN-Habitat, UNCTAD, UNRISD, UNWTO, UNAIDS, WFP, ITU, OHCHR, UNITAR, UNAIDS, UNOSDP, UNODC, ODA, UNEP, IOM, WHO, June 2016


       World Trade Organisation (WTO)

  • Committee on Trade and Development (CTD), a session on the Small Economies Work Programme with a focus on tourism on July 2016 
  • "Promoting Connectivity- Exploring the Services Dimension", a WTO initiative held as part of the 2016-17 work program for the Aid for Trade Review, October 2016