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Association of Former International Civil Servants for Development (Greycells)

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Association of Former International Civil Servants for Development (Greycells)
La Pastorale
Route de Ferney 106
Geneva, GE 1211
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Greycells - Association of former international civil servants for development is a non-profit association governed by the Greycells Statutes and by Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. It was formally established on 17 January 2008.

Greycells is a channel through which retired international civil servants willing to contribute to the global development effort can make their experience and expertise available, on a volunteer basis.

Greycells has two main aims:

  • Help with integration into the Geneva environment through assistance to non-resident delegations, to permanent missions, to international organizations, to NGOs or others requiring advice and/or practical help;
  • participate in the efforts of the international community in support of developing and least developed countries through identification and implementation of specific projects, and help with fund-raising.

The activities that Greycells has been involved with include:

  • Organization of a short courses for diplomats
  • Development of practical guides for diplomats and NGO’s
  • Series of Greycell’s “Dialogues” between generations, internationals and Swiss nationals
  • Facilitation of the donation of redundant computer equipment to schools in an Asian developing country;
  • Organization of a cycle of lectures on international organizations for students at a university in Geneva;
  • Cooperation in various ways with local authorities in Geneva in their interface with the international community;
  • Interaction and assistance to permanent missions in Geneva to facilitate their installation and work with the international organizations.

Greycells cooperates with:

  • Intergovernmental organizations
  • Swiss authorities
  • Missions to international organizations
  • Developing countries and economies in transition
  • Bilateral and multilateral development agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Private sector
  • Foundations
  • Universities and training institutions

Organs – The organs of Greycells are:

  • The General Assembly, which is the ruling body of the Association and
  • The Executive Committee, which carries out all actions related to the management of ongoing business.

Membership. Greycells members are former international civil servants who have retired from international organizations. They identify themselves with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter and the corresponding basic texts of the other international organizations. Members place the knowledge, experience and expertise which they have acquired during their careers at the disposal of requesting national authorities, international organizations and the private sector, on a voluntary pro bono basis. Person shaving retired from a diplomatic mission, a national administration or a NGO may also be members.

Resources. The financial resources of the Association include:

  • Annual subscriptions paid by members
  • Donations
  • Public and private subsidies

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