From the Ambassador

It is a great pleasure and honour to welcome you to the official website of the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland as well as Consulate General in Geneva, which is conveniently located in the central business district of Geneva.

Geneva is one of the core centres of multilateral diplomacy, as one of the headquarters of the United Nations. The Mission also engages with 44 international organisations in Switzerland.

The Permanent Mission in Geneva is responsible for the effective implementation of the vision of the South African government in the multilateral system. Within the framework of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, “Building a better World”, the Mission participates actively in institutions of global governance, promoting a multilateral system, based on international law that fosters greater interdependence and cooperation.

The Mission plays a critical role in championing the reform of international organisations to ensure equitable and fair representation in their decision-making structures.

The Mission focuses on trade and sustainable development; humanitarian assistance; human rights; disarmament and non-proliferation; multilateral cooperation in the areas of health, telecommunications, labour, and international property.

In this regard, the Mission engages in discussions and negotiations to promote and protect human rights, notably in respect of vulnerable groups; promote nuclear disarmament and addressing the arms trade to realise the vision of silencing the guns on the African continent; promote our economic and trade priorities in the international arena to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); support humanitarian situations, notably on the continent; bridge the digital divide; ensure the protection of labour rights; as well as support various South African delegations participating in the various meetings in Geneva, including our Parliament.

Our engagement with 44 international organisations in Switzerland is aimed at contributing to a better world through South-South Solidarity and South-North Cooperation.

The Consulate General located at the Permanent Mission in Geneva provides immigration, civic and consular services.

The South African Consulate-General in Geneva serves South African citizens residing in Cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Lausanne, Wallis and Freibourg. Other Cantons are served by the South African Embassy in Bern.

The Mission’s website allows you to find more information about us and our programmes. We provide regular updates on our social media platforms notably our twitter account @SAfrPMUN_Geneva.

Wishing you an enjoyable navigation of our website.

Mxolisi Nkosi
Ambassador Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organisations in Switzerland

High-Level Segment of the 49th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, is today, Monday, 28 February 2022, participating in the High-Level Segment of the 49th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. #SAElectionToHRC  #SAatHRC #HRC49

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