Platforms for cooperation

The platforms for cooperation supported by Switzerland aim to strengthen exchanges and synergies between actors in international Geneva. They promote joint reflection and action by international organizations, permanent missions, the academic world, civil society and the private sector in key thematic areas of the Geneva ecosystem.

These platforms bring together the actors, ideas and know-how concentrated in International Geneva. They help create important stakeholder networks, develop, test and spread strategic ideas, and provide access to critical knowledge in their fields. Geneva’s links with those working “on the ground” means these platforms are regularly confronted with local realities and can incorporate first-hand experience gained in the field into their deliberations. 

They work to strengthen the international organisations’ effectiveness and provide the international community with ideas and potential solutions to the global challenges, which – in today’s hyperconnected world – have become transversal.

A platform:

  • creates links between actors from the public and private sectors, civil society and the universities 

  • educates and trains the officers of the permanent missions or providing them with support in preparing large international conferences  

  • reports on the outcome of negotiations or events  

  • organises and facilitates meetings, debates, conferences, workshops and other events in innovative formats, for small or large groups, behind closed doors or in public 

  • produces and distributes publications and information bulletins (newsletters)