Geneva is a charming city located in the southeastern part of Switzerland. It is home to the headquarters of many international organizations, including the United Nations and Red Cross. Geneva has always been a place where people from around the world meet and interact to solve problems together.
The economy of Geneva relies heavily on banking/finance, tourism and watchmaking as well as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and textiles industries. The city's history goes all the way back to 1559 when Calvinists fled persecution in France and established themselves here in exile; this religious heritage can still be seen today in places like St Pierre Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre).
The city is also known for its numerous international organizations and conferences, which bring people from all over the world to Geneva. The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is located here, as are the headquarters of many other international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The city is also home to a number of museums and art galleries, including the Palais des Nations (UN Headquarters), which houses both the League of Nations and United Nations archives. The UN's Peace Palace (Palais de la Paix) was opened in 2002 as part of Geneva's millennium celebrations; it is located on Lake Geneva's western shore at the end of Avenue des Américains.
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