International Cooperation House
Geneva is the largest hub of international cooperation, housing many international organizations' headquarters. Every year, almost 200.000 delegates and experts converge here in order to attend one of the 4'000 international conferences. Those coming from developing countries represent the vast majority of the international community. However, their lack of resources limits their participation in many important conferences.
The Mandat International foundation intends to build an "International Cooperation House" in Geneva, in the heart of the international organizations area. It will support international cooperation by providing:
- Budget accommodation and support for experts and delegates coming from developing countries with limited resources.
- Office space for organisations working with the UN system.
- Meeting infrastructure: conference and meeting rooms, an exhibition area, etc.
- Public and cultural activities: with a cafeteria, a terrace, a public park, cultural activities and exhibitions.
The central location and high visibility of this new building will be used to showcase and promote new technologies with:
- The "Smart IPv6 Building" approach, using the new Internet protocol (IPv6) in order to improve information access, energy efficiency and security in the building.
- Green technologies preserving the environment and reducing energy consumption.
The project is supported by the public and private sectors, including academic and industrial partners, as well as the Swiss and Geneva authorities.
Mandat International (www.mandint.org) is a strictly apolitical foundation based in Geneva, with special consultative status to the UN. Since 1995, it aims and acts to:
- Promote international cooperation and dialogue.
- Welcome, inform and facilitate the participation of delegates attending international conferences.
- Accommodate and support delegates coming from developing countries.
More information is available on www.internationalcooperationhouse.org