France at the United Nations in Geneva

France is one of the founding members of the United Nations, created in 1945. It is actively involved in the discussions in Geneva, where the European headquarters of the United Nations is located. Geneva hosts 35 international organizations and nearly 400 NGOs.

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed during his visit to Geneva in June 2019 France’s constant support for multilateralism.

In Geneva, France is particularly active in the following areas:

Human rights

Respect for human rights is central to the exercise of democracy in France and to our commitment as a member of the European Union and of international organisations.

France is particularly strongly committed to certain causes: universal abolition of the death penalty, combating impunity, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance, respect for women’s rights, combating the recruitment and conscription of child-soldiers and combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

France is candidate for a mandate in 2021-2023 at the Human Rights Council.

Humanitarian action and migrations

Geneva hosts the main humanitarian international organizations: the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is also based in Geneva.

France maintains a constant dialogue with all these organizations. We support the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, both adopted in 2018.

Global health

The World Health Organization is the leading agency for global health. WHO works together with the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, Unitaid and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.

France is represented in all these organizations and advocates for the implementation of universal health coverage (UHC) for all.

The Permanent Mission of France to the UN in Geneva

The Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations includes nearly 40 people, including some advisors from other ministries (Economy and Finance, Ecology, Labor, Health in particular).

Ambassador François Rivasseau and his deputy François Gave speak on behalf of France and defend French positions in all international organizations in Geneva where France is represented. For their part, the diplomats of the French mission prepare and negotiate the resolutions and texts adopted by these organizations.