CARE International’s Geneva-based Secretariat coordinates CARE’s global advocacy on humanitarian crises and issues across the confederation. The Geneva office, being located in the world’s humanitarian capital, influences peer agencies, the United Nations (UN), and UN Member States’ specialised delegations working on humanitarian response and refugee/migration issues world-wide. 

The Geneva office works with CARE’s global membership and colleagues in New York and other power centres around the world, as well as with partner and allies, to advocate for a better humanitarian system and effective responses to humanitarian crises. This includes ensuring that humanitarian responses to the biggest disasters and conflicts around the world better meet the different needs of women, men, girls and boys, particularly through ensuring affected women and women’s groups fully participate in the design and delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Key stakeholders CARE International engages with in and from Geneva include the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Good Humanitarian Donorship Group, the Humanitarian Liaison Working Group, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Secretariat and subsidiary bodies, the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC), the International Organisation for Migration, the NEAR Southern NGO Consortium, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Steering Committee on Humanitarian Relief (SCHR), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Economic Forum Humanitarian Council and the World Food Program (WFP).

In addition to our advocacy on humanitarian affairs, CARE also interacts with other institutions and organisations in Geneva on development and rights issues such as the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). 

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