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Italy and the International Organizations

Switzerland has been hosting International Organizations for over 100 years. The very first one settled in Bern during the nineteenth century. International Organizations started settling later in Geneva, after the First World War (the League of Nations and the International Labour Organization). The number of organizations then boosted after the Second World War.

Nowadays, Geneva hosts 22 International Organizations with headquarters agreements, including the United Nations Office (UNOG), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Among these 22, eight are United Nations agencies, such as the World Organization for Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Union of Communications (ITU) and the World Meteorology Organization (WMO). Geneva is also the headquarters of the Human Rights Council.