Permanent Mission

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Rwanda believes in a strong and effective rules based international system. In that regard, the Mission advances Rwanda’s objectives, which include promoting development and respect for human rights, protecting health and the environment, negotiating development driven trade agreements, and participating in the effective response to humanitarian crises.

Rwanda is actively engaged in the activities of the following International Organizations:

  • United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM)
  • GAVI Alliance
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
  • UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
  • Rwanda and the UN

Through diplomacy, negotiation and participation in daily activities of the organizations based in Geneva, we work to advance Rwanda’s interests and promote international trade, human rights, humanitarian issues and health matters.

International Trade

The Missions Commercial section represents the interest of the country to multilateral organizations involved in international trade and development issues. These organizations include, World Trade Organisation (WTO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). In addition, the Commercial section is involved in attracting Foreign Direct Investment and promoting exports from Rwanda.

ICT has been central to Rwanda’s economic growth and has become a central plank of our Vision 2020. Rwanda now has one of the highest rates of poverty reduction in the world, displaying a 2.4 per cent drop in poverty each year. Rwanda actively engages with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and had the pleasure of hosting both Connect Africa (2007) and Transform Africa (2013).

Human Rights      

Rwanda is committed to cooperating, promoting and protecting human rights within the United Nations system. In that regard, in 2011, Rwanda issued a standing invitation to all special procedures mandate holders. We actively participate and contribute to the United Nations Office for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Human Rights Council and UN treaty bodies.

Humanitarian Affairs and Migration

The Mission represents the interests of the country which include, upholding and ensuring the principles of humanitarian law, refuges law and related protection issues. We work to improving responses to humanitarian and migration issues within the following international organizations; the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Health

Rwanda is on track to achieve the health related Millennium Development Goals.  The Mission represents Rwanda’s interests at the headquarters of World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). We work to strengthen National and global health systems, promote development, address health emergencies and promote results based management.