The Commonwealth Small States Office (CSSO) in Geneva provides subsidised office space for diplomatic missions of Commonwealth small states to enable them to establish a diplomatic presence in the region for bilateral accreditation in Europe and to multilateral organisations located in Geneva, such as the United Nations and its institutions, International Labour Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the United Nations Human Rights Council, the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Meteorology Organization, and the World Trade Organization.
Tenants currently include Maldives, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The Bahamas, is scheduled to take up tenancy in the near future.
The CSSO - modelled on the Joint Office for Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York - also has resident technical experts on trade and human rights to assist tenant missions and visiting delegations from Commonwealth small states. The office is supported by a Manager and an Administrative Assistant.
The office is currently funded by the governments of Australia, India, New Zealand and Singapore, as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat. Additional financial support has also been provided by the Swiss government.
Situated at 15b Chemin Louis Dunant, the office is within walking distance from the offices of the UN and the World Trade Organization and includes spacious and well-equipped conference and business facilities for use by its tenants and delegations from small states visiting Geneva for meetings.
Commonwealth Small States Office, Geneva
15b Chemin Louis-Dunant (3rd Floor)
Tel: +41 (0)22 730 1700
Fax: +41 (0)220730 1717