THE PERMANENT MISSION
Rwanda believes in a strong and effective rules based international system. In that regard, the Mission advances Rwanda’s objectives, which include promoting sustainable 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.
The Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and to other International Organisations in Geneva as well as to the International Organisations in Vienna.
The Permanent Mission promotes the interests of Rwanda and works with other Member States to develop and advance international standards and rules in terms of trade, humanitarian affairs, human rights and health.
Through active participation in the activities of the International Organisations based in Geneva and Vienna we work to advance Rwanda’s interests and promote international trade, human rights, humanitarian issues and health matters.
The Missions Commercial section represents Rwanda’s interests in the multilateral Organisations involved in international trade and development issues. These Organisations include, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Intellectual Property Organisation (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.
Information and Communications Technology has been central to Rwanda’s economic growth and has become a central plank of our Vision 2020. Rwanda actively engages with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and has the pleasure of hosting both Connect Africa and Transform Africa and is home to the Smart Africa Secretariat.
Rwanda is active in the work of the International Labour Organisation and contributes to the improvement of labour relations, social justice and laws and policies consistent with regional and International labour standards, the development of standards that impact an environment suitable for business growth, creation of decent employment and poverty reduction.
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 and is fully up to date in its treaty body reporting obligations. Rwanda was elected to the Human Rights Council in October 2016. Rwanda participates actively and constructively in the work of the Human Rights Council and all its mechanisms and to ensuring that the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms can prevent violations of human rights globally through early warning that leads to early and effective response. In addition, Rwanda is committed to the Universal Periodic Review and submitted its second cycle UPR to the Human Rights Council in 2015 and has established a multi-stakeholder forum to follow up on the implementation of the recommendations of that review.
Humanitarian Affairs and Migration
Rwanda is committed to international humanitarian cooperation and ensuring improved coordination of humanitarian assistance and upholding the fundamental humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality. The Mission is active in the work of the Geneva based humanitarian organisations and in strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law, refugee law and related protection issues. We work to improve responses to humanitarian and migration issues within the following international organisations; 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).
Rwanda is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards of health for its citizens including through provision of universal health coverage and strengthened health systems to combat communicable and non-communicable diseases. Rwanda is active in the work of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Global Fund and GAVI.
The Embassy in Geneva is accredited to the Swiss Confederation, Austria and the Holy See and works to strengthen and advance bilateral relations and cooperation between Rwanda and Switzerland, Austria and the Holy See. Our consular section provides consular services including assistance to Rwandans and foreign nationals traveling to Rwanda.
Location & contact details
Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda to Switzerland and Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
37/39 Rue de Vermont
1202 Geneva – Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 9191000
Fax : + 41 22 9191001
Monday – Friday
09h00 – 13h00
Monday – Friday:
09h00 – 13h00
14h00 – 18h00
- H.E. Marie Chantal RWAKAZINA: Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Rwanda
- Mr. Moses RUGEMA: First Counsellor
- Mr. James NGANGO: First Counsellor
- Mrs. Eliane NZABAHIMANA: First Secretary
- Mr. Jean de Dieu BUDUREGE: Communications and Multilateral Officer
- Mrs . Marie-Providence UMUTONI HIBON: Administrative & Consular Officer
- Mr. Boris MUHETO : Finance and Accounting Officer
- Ms. Rose KAYITESI: Personal Assistant to the Ambassador
- Mr. Jean NZAMURAMBAHO: Driver