About the UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office

Office Function

The Geneva Liaison Office (GLO) was established in 1979 in order to liaise UNESCO with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the UN Specialized Agencies based here (e.g. WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO and WMO), the UN programmes, funds and organizations (e.g. OHCHR, UNHCHR, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, etc.).

When necessary, the Office also assists UNESCO HQs to maintain and develop cooperation with the Swiss Commission for UNESCO and other Geneva-based partners (e.g. IPU, ICRC, CERN, IUCN, IOM, WEF, etc.) as well as the civil society organizations.

The GLO secures a place for UNESCO in the intergovernmental platform at the United Nations in Geneva, with quality and timely information based on a track record of both normative and field-based operational activities.

The Office facilitates the channeling of current and relevant information on UNESCO’s strategic objectives to the UN Secretariat, funds and programmes, permanent missions at the UN and civil society.

The GLO’s core tasks include inter alia:

  • representing UNESCO in different inter-governmental and UN inter-agency meetings and to many diverse cooperation platforms in Geneva;
  • advocating for UNESCO’s mandate, strategic programme priorities and orientations and acting as a clearing house for information of relevance to UNESCO;
  • developing new partnerships with UN entities, donors, the private sector and the civil society.

The Office focuses on issues related to Human Rights, Peace, Science and Technology for Development, Post Conflict and Post Disaster Reconstruction, Climate Change, Cultural Heritage, Information Society, UN Coordination Mechanisms and ECOSOC, among others.

About the Director

Prior to his incumbency in Geneva, Vincent Defourny held multiple senior positions within UNESCO. He was the Director of the Brasilia Office and the Representative of UNESCO in Brazil from 2006 to 2011; Project Manager of the Field Coordination Office from 2012-2013; the Director of the Division of Cooperation with Extrabudgetary Funding Sources from 2013 to 2015, and most recently the Director of the Division of Public Information from 2015 to 2019, where he managed to relaunch the UNESCO Courier after several years of disappearance.

Before joining UNESCO in 1997, he worked in Uganda as a secondary school teacher, then taught in higher education in Belgium and France (Catholic University of Louvain, CELSA, Sciences Po and ENA International). He also worked as a communication and management consultant for various companies in the public, private and non-profit sectors in Belgium, France and Spain.

Mr. Defourny holds a doctoral degree in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Louvain and speaks French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Staff Members

Mr. Vincent Defourny
Director of the Liaison Office
+41 (0) 22 555 06 25
Ms. Rachel Phillips
Senior Secretary
+41 (0) 22 555 06 24

Temporary

Mr. Zhaocan Li
Consultant
+41 (0) 22 555 06 28
Ms. Yuxi Liu
Trainee
+41 (0) 22 555 06 29

Ms. Alejandra Yenny Jiménez
Trainee
+41 (0) 22 555 0631
Ms. Paulina Krokocka
Trainee
+41 (0) 22 555 0630

Directions

We will receive visitors only if an appointment has been made in advance.

The Office is located at 15 route des Morillons on the ground floor. 

Public transportation options:

From downtown Geneva:

Bus route 5 (direction Aéroport, stop Crêts-de-Morillon)

Bus route 8 (direction OMS, stop BIT)

Bus route 22 (Direction ZIPLO, stop OMS)

Bus route 28 (direction Les Esserts, stop OMS)

Bus route F (direction Ferney-Mairie/Gex-ZAC, stop OMS)

From Geneva International Airport:

Bus route 28 (direction Jardin Botanique, stop OMS)

Bus route 5 (direction Hôpital, stop Crêts-de-Morillon)

Information about Geneva's public transportation system:

See the official website of the Geneva Public Transport Authority (TPG) for more information (French only).

If you are staying in a hotel in the Canton of Geneva you will receive a visitor pass that allows free travel on all modes of public transportation in the Canton for the duration of your stay. 

There is a public transport ticket machine in the luggage hall of Geneva International airport where you can get a free ticket for transport from the airport to your hotel. 

Taxi options:

Alptaxi: +41 (0)22 741 41 41

Centrale Taxi-Phone: +41 (0)22 331 41 33

Coopérative Taxis 202: +41 (0)22 320 22 02