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The Geneva Centre is a think-tank created in 2013 with its headquarters in Geneva. The Centre is dedicated to the promotion of a universal, value-driven human rights system, anchored in the principles of equity, non-discrimination, inclusiveness and solidarity.

The Geneva Centre’s mandate is based on the four pillars of research and publications; training and national capacity building, with a special focus on MENA; international advocacy, mainly through following and reporting on important human rights developments and conferences, in particular the various the Human Rights Council sessions; and offering a platform for a global, inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue on current, vital human rights issues through the organization of international panels and publication of their proceedings with an incorporated think-piece on lessons learned and ways forward, for universal distribution with the aim of fostering mutual understanding, acceptance of difference, and the celebration of diversity among the different peoples and regions of the world.

The Geneva Centre was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 26 July 2017. It is an independent, non-governmental organization that does not rely on public funding, which ensures its neutrality.


The Geneva Centre organizes a number of conferences, symposia, side-events, round tables, cultural events and workshops.
Our events address the most pressing human rights issues, including those examined by the UN human rights structures and mechanisms.


I am inspired by your coming together around a shared commitment to human rights and equal citizenship.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in reference to the World Conference organized by the Geneva Centre in June 2018

I was inspired by the human contributions of panellists who stressed the urgency of drawing on the inspiration of time-honoured religions, creeds and value systems to enhance equal citizenship rights.

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, World Conference, June 2018

I would like to express my gratitude to the Geneva Centre for organizing this timely event and for allowing me to express my views on this important topic.

Velina Todorova, Vice-Chairperson and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in reference to the panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019

Allow me to thank you as well for all your excellent work in the past month. Much appreciated.

Diplomat, from the Permanent Mission of Croatia, April 2020

I thank the Geneva Center for its action in general and for the organization of this conference.

Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva, World Conference, June 2018

Thank you so much for putting together this great event and allowing me to be a part of it.  I wish you both the best and hope we have an opportunity to work together in the future.

Casey Myers, Founder & Executive Director of One Digital World, in reference to the 10 December 2020 Human Rights Day virtual event organized by the Geneva Centre

This is the first time we meet at the UN on the interface between religions and equal citizenship. The event is therefore unique in a way. It involves religious and lay leaders from inside and outside the UN.

H.E. Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Former Chairman of the Geneva Centre, World Conference, June 2018

Your documents have helped us, among other things, in monitoring the work and preparing our own summary documents for internal use.

Diplomat, from the Permanent Mission of Togo, July 2020

The decision of ECOSOC to confer Special Consultative Status to the Geneva Centre is an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of the Centre in discharging its mission to enhance human rights, promote awareness of human rights values beyond policies and train new generations in a value-driven approach to human rights.

Late Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, Former Executive Director of the Geneva Centre

My colleagues and I have much appreciated and are most grateful for the excellent reports received from the Geneva Centre on the recent session of the Human Rights Council. They are indeed very helpful documents which we consult on a regular basis.

H.E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta, July 2020

It is a real pleasure and honour to be here. I congratulate the organizers for the really incredible and successful work they have done.

Lakhdar Brahimi, Former Foreign Minister of Algeria and Member of The Elders, World Conference, June 2018

Thank you so much for sharing the summary report by the Geneva Centre, as well as for your amplification with the Centre’s community and readership, and also on social media.

Project Manager, Brookings Institution, May 2020

Thank you again for the excellent reports we received during the last Human Rights Council session, which were very useful to our annual empowerment kits for rural women leaders and for the prevention of violence against women and children.

Founder and Executive director , Women's World Summit Foundation, June 2020

On behalf of the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, I would like to thank and commend the Geneva Centre for organising this debate and putting the spotlight on enhancing access to justice for children.

Phenny Kakama, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, in reference to the panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019

This is a high-level training with high-end information, practices, guidance and deep Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, HRC in-depth facilitation and more guidance that I really yearned for. I am indeed grateful for the opportunity to participate both for training and workshop. I appreciate everything that you facilitators placed at our disposal for our betterment. I am confident that I am a notch higher than I was. Once again, Thank you

Joseph Agina, Executive Secretary, Founder and CEO of Olkejuado Adult and Continuing Education Association (OACEA). The Republic of Kenya, UN HRC Mechanisms and Procedures training course organized by the Geneva Centre in November 2021

Thank you for putting together such an informative course, I learned a lot. Congratulations to your team and faculty. I am looking forward to attending more training sessions in the future.

Hira Amjad, Co-Founder and Director, ‘DASTAK Foundation’. Pakistan, UN HRC Mechanisms and Procedures training course organized by the Geneva Centre in November 2021

Thank you for today’s lecture! I’ve gained more clarity and knowledge about the differences and complementarities of the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Great presentation! In addition, this entire course has been informative and knowledgeable.

Dr. Coralanne Griffith, Founder and Chairwoman of Created for Greatness Leadership Group. USA, UN HRC Mechanisms and Procedures training course organized by the Geneva Centre in November 2021


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