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Palais des Nations, UNOG's main building

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). 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:

  • ECE – Economic Commission for Europe
  • IBE – International Bureau of Education
  • ICC – International Computing Centre
  • ILO – International Labour Organization
  • ITC – International Trade Centre
  • ITU – International Telecommunication Union
  • JIU – Joint Inspection Unit
  • OCHA – Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
  • UNAIDS – Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • UNHCHR – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • UNHCR – Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • UNCC – United Nations Compensation Commission
  • UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • UNIDIR – United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
  • UNITAR – United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • NGLS – United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service
  • UNOPS – United Nations Office for Project Services
  • UNOSDP – United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace
  • UNFPA – United Nations Population Fund
  • UNRWA – United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near-East
  • UNRISD – United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
  • CEB – United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination
  • UNV – United Nations Volunteers Programme
  • WHO – World Health Organization
  • WIPO – World Intellectual Property Organization
  • WMO – World Meteorological Organization

Presence at Geneva:

  • IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency (Headquarters are in Vienna)
  • UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme (Headquarters are in Nairobi)
  • UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Headquarters are in Paris)
  • UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Headquarters are in Vienna)
  • WFPWFP Geneva Liaison Office (headquarters are in Rome)

Maintenir la paix

Directors-General of UNOG

  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–present

Administrative History of the United Nations Office at Geneva

  1. United Nations Geneva Office, from beginning, Aug 1946 – Apr 1947, (IC/Geneva/1) [1]
  2. European Office of the UN, 11.04.1947 – 10.08.1948, (IC/Geneva/49) [2]
  3. United Nations Office at Geneva, 10.08.1948 – 09.08.1949, (IC/Geneva/152)
  4. European Office of the UN, 09.08.1949 – 08.12.1957, (SGB/82/Rev.1)
  5. United Nations Office at Geneva, 08.12.1957 – present, (SGB/82/Rev.2)

See also


  1. ^ UNOG Archives (1946). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.
  2. ^ UNOG Archives (1947). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.

External links

Coordinates: 46°13′36″N 6°8′26″E / 46.22667°N 6.14056°E / 46.22667; 6.14056