The Permanent Mission of Uganda to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva was opened on March 12, 1996 by Ambassador Nathan Irumba who arrived in Geneva on March 10, 1996, as Chargé d'affaires ad interim.
The Permanent Mission is accredited to the United Nations Office at Geneva, other International Organizations and to Switzerland. It is therefore, responsible for implementing Uganda Foreign Policy in Switzerland and to the other International Organisations in order to promote Uganda's economic growth, Security and development.
The Vision of the Uganda Geneva Mission is to effectively represent and promote Uganda's interests of peace and prosperity at United Nations Office at Geneva, other International Organizations and to Switzerland.
The Mission of the Uganda Geneva Mission is to represent Uganda and effectively participate in the work of Geneva based International Organizations such as the UN, WTO, UNCTAD, ITC, ILO, WIPO, WMO, OHCHR and UNCHR; to promote Uganda as a major tourist destination for the Swiss and as a profitable destination for Swiss Foreign Direct Investment; to enhance the value, volume and diversity of Uganda's exports to Switzerland; and to mobilize financial and other resources from Switzerland to Uganda.
Geneva is a major hub for Multilateral Institutions that deal with a vast array of activities and issues, including multilateral trade negotiations and treaties; trade and development issues; political and security issues such as disarmament; human rights and social and humanitarian issues such as migration, labor and health; telecommunications issues; intellectual property issues; meteorological and environmental issues.
The function of the Uganda Geneva Mission therefore is to act as Uganda's sentinel, or the eyes and ears of Uganda vis a vis the International Community that shapes and participates in the activities and issues of the Multilateral Institutions based in Geneva. The Mission also represents Uganda's interests within these Multilateral Institutions.
The Mission plays an important role of attracting foreign direct investment from Switzerland into Uganda; promoting trade between Uganda and Switzerland; promoting Swiss tourism into Uganda; and mobilizing financial and other resources from Switzerland into Uganda.
The Mission also gives advice and issues Visas to those who wish to travel to Uganda from Switzerland.