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United Nations Office at Geneva
United Nations Office at Geneva Logo.svg
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The Palais des Nations, the main building of the United Nations Office at Geneva
UNOG is located in Switzerland
Location within Switzerland
Alternative names UNOG
General information
Town or city Geneva
Country Switzerland
Coordinates 46°13′36″N 6°08′26″E / 46.226667°N 6.140556°E / 46.226667; 6.140556Coordinates: 46°13′36″N 6°08′26″E / 46.226667°N 6.140556°E / 46.226667; 6.140556

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, Director-General since 2013.
  1. Wladimir Moderow, Poland, 1946–1951
  2. Adriaan Pelt, Netherlands, 1952–1957[1]
  3. Pier Pasquale Spinelli, Italy, 1957–1968
  4. Vittorio Winspeare-Guicciardi, Italy, 1968–1978
  5. Luigi Cottafavi, Italy, 1978–1983
  6. Eric Suy, Belgium, 1983–1987
  7. Jan Mårtenson, Sweden, 1987–1992
  8. Antoine Blanca, France, 1992–1993
  9. Vladimir Petrovsky, Russia, 1993–2002
  10. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, Russia, 2002–2011
  11. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Kazakhstan, 2011–2013
  12. Michael Møller, Denmark, since 2013[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. ^ Pallas, Jean-Claude (2001). Histoire et Architecture du Palais des Nations. Geneva: United Nations. p. 383. ISBN 92-1-200354-0.
  2. ^ "The Director-General". United Nations Office at Geneva. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  3. ^ UNOG Archives (1946). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.
  4. ^ UNOG Archives (1947). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.


  • Joëlle Kuntz, Geneva and the Call of Internationalism: A History, Éditions Zoé, 2011, 96 pages ( ISBN 978-2-88182-855-3).

External links

  • Official website
  • United Nations organisations in Geneva
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