Dialogue on globalization - Logo and graphic
FES Geneva > About us


FES Geneva: About us

The current focus of our work lies in four main areas of international Geneva (see UN - United Nations in Geneva): one is trade and development (see WTO - World Trade Organization), the other labour standards and human rights. In addition, human security and climate change are two cross-cutting issues on our list of priorities.

FES Geneva works in cooperation with Geneva based international organizations and their staff. Our partners include both non-state actors (NGO-activists, trade unionists, journalists, academics and parliamentarians) and representatives of governments (including members of diplomatic missions). We organize conferences, seminars, workshops and dialog sessions, training and information programs with international participation, and provide studies, consultancy reports, and other publications. Our focus lies on developing countries, emphasizing capacity building, South-South dialogue as well as Dialogue on Globalization (coordinated via triangle of FES-offices in Berlin, Geneva and New York). We are linked to the Berlin based FES-department for Global Policy and Development.

Our office in Geneva is located in close proximity to the Palais des Nations and the WTO building. The office has six permanent staff members and provides internships for students specializing in international affairs, economic and human rights policy.

For further information on the work of FES Geneva, please do not hesitate to contact us.


90 years of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

About Friedrich Ebert

"Without democracy, no freedom […]. To protect and to restore it wherever it is under attack is the task of those who cherish freedom." —Friedrich Ebert

Friedrich Ebert: Portrait
Friedrich Ebert, ca. 1918

Friedrich Ebert (1871–1925) was a social democrat of humble origins, who had risen to hold the highest office in his country despite considerable opposition from his political adversaries. He assumed the burden of presidency in a country which was crisis-ridden following its defeat in World War I.

His own personal experience led him to propose the establishment of a foundation with a threefold aim:

  • to further a democratic, pluralistic political culture by means of political education for all classes of society;
  • to facilitate access to higher education for gifted young people by providing scholarships;
  • Contributing to international understanding and cooperation.

The Foundation, which was immediately banned by the Nazis in 1933 and not re-established until 1947 after World War II, continues today to pursue those aims and has developed extensive programs in each of those areas.