United Nations Office at Geneva

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The Palais des Nations, the main building of the United Nations Office at Geneva. In 2012 alone, the Palace of Nations hosted more than 10,000 intergovernmental meetings.[1]
The Allée des Nations, with the flags of the member countries.
The headquarters of the World Health Organization.

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) is the second-largest of the four major office sites of the United Nations (second to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City). It is located in the Palais des Nations building constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938 at Geneva in Switzerland, and expanded in the early 1950s and late 1960s.

Besides United Nations administration, it also hosts the offices for a number of programmes and funds such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).

The United Nations and its specialized agencies, programmes and funds may have other offices or functions hosted outside the Palais des Nations, normally in office spaces provided by the Swiss Government.

UN specialized agencies and other UN entities with offices in Geneva hold bi-weekly briefings at the Palais des Nations, organized by the United Nations Information Service at Geneva.

Constituent agencies

Headquartered at Geneva:[citation needed]

Presence at Geneva:


Michael Møller, Denmark 2013- present
  1. Wladimir Moderow, Poland 1946–1951
  2. J. Franclin Ray, USA 1952
  3. Sir Arthur Rucker, UK 1953
  4. Adriannus Pelt, Netherlands 1954–1957
  5. Pier Pasquale Spinelli, Italy 1957–1968
  6. Vittorio Winspeare-Guicciardi, Italy 1968–1978
  7. Luigi Cottafavi, Italy 1978–1983
  8. Eric Suy, Belgium 1983–1987
  9. Jan Mårtenson, Sweden 1987–1992
  10. Antoine Blanca, France 1992–1993
  11. Vladimir Petrovsky, Russia 1993–2002
  12. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Russia 2002–2011
  13. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan 2011–2013
  14. Michael Møller, Denmark 2013–present[2]

Administrative history

  1. United Nations Geneva Office, from beginning, Aug 1946 – Apr 1947, (IC/Geneva/1)[3]
  2. European Office of the UN, 11 Apr 1947 – 10 Aug 1948, (IC/Geneva/49)[4]
  3. United Nations Office at Geneva, 10 Aug 1948 – 9 Aug 1949, (IC/Geneva/152)
  4. European Office of the UN, 9 Aug 1949 – 8 Dec 1957, (SGB/82/Rev.1)
  5. United Nations Office at Geneva, 8 December 1957 – present, (SGB/82/Rev.2)

See also


  1. (French) Simon Petite, "Rénovation du Palais des Nations : vote crucial", Le Temps, Monday 23 December 2013, p. 5.
  2. "The Director-General". United Nations Office at Geneva. Retrieved 27 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. UNOG Archives (1946). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. UNOG Archives (1947). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Joëlle Kuntz, Geneva and the call of internationalism. A history, éditions Zoé, 2011, 96 pages (ISBN 978-2-88182-855-3).

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