Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

About the EU Delegation in Geneva

31/01/2020 - 00:00
About us - structure and organisation

Delegation of the European Union to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva

The Delegation is part of the network of 143 EU Delegations world-wide, carrying out the EU's foreign policy and providing support to Mr Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Since January 2011, the EU has two fold representation in Geneva: The Permanent Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations Office and to other international organisations in Geneva and the Permanent Mission of the European Union to the World Trade Organisation. In addition, the bilateral relations with Switzerland are covered by the EU Delegation in Berne.

The EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva pursues the following main tasks:

  • Promote EU actions, policies and interests in all UN bodies and other International Organisations.
  • Ensure the representation of the European Union and its active participation in the UN and its related bodies or specialised agencies established in Geneva - in particular the Human Rights Council, OHCHR, OCHA, UNHCR, UNCTAD, WHO, ILO, WIPO, UNECE, IOM and, as far as possible, ITU, WMO -, as well as in disarmament and non-proliferation related matters and with the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Foster EU co-ordination and common EU positions in these fora and promote co-operation with Member States in the UN framework.
  • Enhance visibility and understanding of the European Union role and policies in the many areas related to the UN bodies and other International Organisations in Geneva.

Lotte Knudsen has been appointed by the EU High Representative Josep Borrell as Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva. Ms Knudsen will take up her new duties on 17 May 2021. She is currently Managing Director in the European Union’s External Action service, in charge of global and multilateral issues, as well as human rights. 

Previously she served in the European Commission in a number of different posts. She was in charge of developing international relations in DG Justice and Home Affairs, before becoming Director, first on Security, including counter-terrorism issues; then on Justice issues, including legislative negotiations, in DG Justice; and in DG development dealing with thematic issues from migration, to health and human development. Earlier she also worked in the Relex DGs on EU/US relations and the EU Accession negotiations; in the Commission Secretariat General as well as in the Foreign Office in London, on a two-year secondment. She studied at the Ecole National d’Administration in Paris and the College of Europe in Bruges. 

Editorial Sections: