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Switzerland ranks 2 out of 189 on the Human Development Index (HDI). The CARE International Secretariat is based in Geneva, with staff in London, New York, and other CARE International locations. The secretariat supports the effective coordination of the CARE International confederation.

About the CARE International Secretariat

The CARE International Secretariat has a small team in Geneva, Switzerland, with additional staff in Brussels, London and New York and teams positioned in numerous other locations around the world.  The Secretariat is led by CARE International’s Secretary General, based in Ecuador, and coordinates and supports the confederation to achieve common impact goals and shared global priorities, in line with our Mission, Vision and Values, and our Vision 2030 ambition.  

The Secretariat leads the confederation’s humanitarian impact area and hosts the CARE Emergency Group (CEG). The Secretariat also represents the confederation at the United Nations, the European Union, and other key global forums. 

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