Reducing poverty, promoting prosperity and protecting the planet
United Nations development efforts profoundly affect the lives and well-being of millions of people throughout the world. They are based on the conviction that lasting international peace and security are possible only if the economic prosperity and the well-being of people everywhere is assured.

The United Nations system includes a large number of intergovernmental organizations, specialized agencies, programmes, funds, offices and research institutes as well as related organizations. Two thirds of the activities of the United Nations system take place in Geneva, making it a key centre of international co-operation and multilateral negotiation. This is one of the reasons that the city is often referred to as “International Geneva”.

Around 9,500 staff work for the United Nations family in Geneva, which is the largest concentration of United Nations personnel in the world. They are active in many of the major fields of work of the United Nations, including health; labour; intellectual property; human rights; humanitarian action and disaster relief; economic, trade and development activities; disarmament efforts; science and technology; as well as research and training.


UN Geneva, Switzerland (UNOG)

A key member of the United Nations family, we facilitate the Organization’s work in the promotion of peace, development and human rights. We build partnerships with civil society, research, academia and other international actors. We nurture mutual respect and understanding through cultural exchange. We preserve the institutional memory and unique heritage of the United Nations, and we reach out to mobilize support for the efforts of our Organization.

Across all of these activities, we draw on the unique traditions and spirit of Geneva as a multilateral platform, bringing together different stakeholders and points of view.

Our Task

In the development of WYBN with the working group on poverty alleviation of the UNECE for Europe-Geneva. World Youth Bank Network (an international organization responsible for establishing of the World Youth Bank) was established upon the Special Resolution on the World Youth Bank adopted in August 2002 in Melaka, Malaysia by World Assembly of Youth by legal representatives of more than hundred National Youth Councils of UN member-states.

Since then WYB projects develops within the framework of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and in collaboration with UN DESA and the Secretariat.

Our Agencies & Local Partners