Water and sanitation are recognized by the United Nations as human rights, reflecting the fundamental nature of these basics in every person's life. In Geneva, water is discussed in various fora (human rights, humanitarian, health, meteorology, nature conservation, economy, etc.) and numerous organizations (UN, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academic) focus on water issues, making this region a strategic hub for global water governance.

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Non-Governmental and Business Organizations

Better Cotton Initiative


Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Convention on Wetlands

Ramsar Convention

Geneva Water Hub

Thematic Platforms

Geneva Water Hub

Geneva Water Hub

Intergovernmental Organizations

World Health Organization


Intergovernmental Organizations

World Meteorological Organization



Celeste Saulo

Celeste Saulo is Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), effective on 1 January 2024. 

Daniel F. McGinnis

Daniel F. McGinnis is an Associate Professor at the Aquatic Physics Department F.-A. Forel of the University of Geneva.

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva.

Mara Tignino

Mara Tignino is a Reader at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and the Lead Legal Specialist of the Platform for International Water Law at Geneva Water Hub.

Otto Simonett

Otto Simonett is the Director of Zoï Environment Network.

Sonja Köppel

Sonja Köppel is the Secretary of the Water Convention.


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World Toilet Day 2024

19 Nov 2024