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In the context of the particular focus of this Web site, it is not exaggerated to call Geneva The world's Trade and Environment capital. The city is undoubtedly the most important city with regard to trade and environment discussions and negotiations. Trade issues are decided primarily in Washington DC and in Brussels. Environmental negotiations are more spread out, they take place primarily in Nairobi, the venue of the UN Environment's Secretariat, at the venues of the most important multilateral environmental agreements, and also in New York and in Geneva. Trade and Environment discussions and negotiations, however, take place primarily in Geneva thanks to the combined presence of the WTO, certain UN organizations, and their respective Permanent Missions. This has attracted a number of NGOs which are specialized in these issues.

We can very much recommend a detailed and analytical introduction and overview of the key organizations that make up la Genève Internationale:

Partnerships for the Planet.

It has been published as a book and online jointly by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, WBCSD, UNEP, and IUCN under the coordination of Paul Garnier, Diplomatic Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva.


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"Stories from Geneva – a project combining a booklet and a website – provides, in the words of the personalities leading these efforts, the concrete stories of alliances between organizations, partnerships between organizations and the private sector and initiatives that contribute to give Geneva its unique position as a crossroads for sustainable development and an interface between environment, economy and social issues. This website also includes stories that could not be featured at full length in the booklet and invites institutions to post new stories of Geneva's partnerships for generating truly shared action to promote partnerships for the planet."

The International Environment House (IEH) gathers under a common roof a range of United Nations and non-governmental organizations active in the field of environment and sustainable development.
Geneva Green Guide, 2008 Edition

"This expanded and revised fourth edition of the Geneva Green Guide reaffirms that the United Nations, the NGO community and the numerous academic and local organizations based in Geneva are committed to finding creative and action-oriented solutions to the pressing environmental and sustainable development challenges of our time. Geneva-based organizations remain fully engaged in the issue of climate change, a subject which has become a top priority for the new UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon."

Thanks to the fact that Geneva is the venue of the WTO on one hand and of numerous UN bodies and other international organizations on the other hand, civil society has developed, especially since the creation of the WTO in 1994, a number of specialized international environmental NGOs (IENGOS) which focus on trade and environment and also on wider global sustainable development concerns. The concentration of these resources with a global orientation is undoubtedly unique and represents one of the most precious assets of la Genève internationale.  These IENGOS are listed in the Geneva Green Guide and  the Partnerships for the Planet, both listed above. They are clearly among the most important ones in the trade and environment domain, each one has its own specific approach to these very complex issues, and all of them are highly valuable resources for anybody who takes an interest in global ecolomic policies, laws and wider issues.