EquipeThe Welcome Centre for Non-Governmental Organizations and Delegations is not a hotel, but a place to meet and share experiences with other delegates.

The accommodation enables delegates and representatives to reduce their expenses: 35.-CHF per night including breakfast, transports and work infrastructure. It provides the opportunity to develop exchanges among delegates from different countries. The Welcome Centre can lodge up to 45 delegates in rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds, as well as a dormitory with 6 beds. Delegates can ask for a single room. However, in case of strong demand, they will be asked to share their room with other delegates. Our secretariat can inform you in advance on the periods during which the Centre tends to become full.

Priority is given to delegates from Least Developed Countries (LDC) and to Indigenous Peoples representatives.

Least Developed Countries include about 50 States (more than 534 million people) defined by the United Nations Development Programme as the least advantaged countries among the Developing Countries.

Indigenous Peoples represent 400 million people around the world, seeking to preserve their cultural heritage and traditional customs. These people are often politically and economically marginalized in their own country (even when they form a majority). Their participation at international conferences has thus become vital for their future.


The Rappard House

The Welcome Centre for Non-Governmental Organizations and Delegations is located 13 minutes by bus from the United Nations Organization (UN).

The Welcome Centre was formerly Professor William Rappard's mansion. It was entirely renovated with the help of about 50 young from different regions of Switzerland and countries from the world.

Professor William Rappard was a passionate defender of the international scene. He was very active in various fields : Professor of Economic History, First Secretary at the League of the Red Crescent Societies, Member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Founder of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS), Rector of the University of Geneva, Director of the Mandate Department of the League of Nations, Vice-President of the International Committee for the Placing of Intellectual Refugees, Swiss Representative at the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as at the United Nations Organization (UN) and at the United States Embassy, etc.

The house, now the Welcome Centre, is managed by Mandat International and operated with respect to the environment : waste and paper recycling, energy saving, cultivating endangered plant species, etc.Read more on sustainable development.