United Nations Office at Geneva
The Palais des Nations, the main building of the United Nations Office at Geneva
UNOG is located in Switzerland
Location within Switzerland
Alternative namesUNOG
General information
AddressPalais des Nations, 1211 Genève, Switzerland
Town or cityGeneva
Coordinates46°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
World Intellectual Property Organization headquarters

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG, French: Office des Nations Unies à Genève) in Geneva, Switzerland, is one of the four major offices[a] of the United Nations where numerous different UN agencies have a joint presence. The main UNOG administrative offices are located inside the Palais des Nations complex, which was originally constructed for the League of Nations between 1929 and 1938.

Besides United Nations administration, the Palais des Nations 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 specialised 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.

UNOG produces an annual report[1] where it lists all major events and activities that happened through a year.

Constituent agencies

Headquartered in Geneva

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Presence at Geneva


Tatiana Valovaya, Russia, Director-General since 2019.
  1. Wladimir Moderow, Poland, 1946–1951
  2. Adriaan Pelt, Netherlands, 1952–1957[2]
  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 [fr], 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, 2013–2019
  13. Tatiana Valovaya [fr; ru], Russia, 2019–present[3]

Administrative history

  1. United Nations Geneva Office, from beginning, Aug 1946 – Apr 1947, (IC/Geneva/1)[4]
  2. European Office of the UN, 11 Apr 1947 – 10 Aug 1948, (IC/Geneva/49)[5]
  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. ^ "UNOG Annual Report". UNOG Annual Report.
  2. ^ Pallas, Jean-Claude (2001). Histoire et Architecture du Palais des Nations. Geneva: United Nations. p. 383. ISBN 978-92-1-200354-2.
  3. ^ "The Director-General". United Nations Office at Geneva. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  4. ^ UNOG Archives (1946). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.
  5. ^ UNOG Archives (1947). G II A −10/2/6 -1435. UNOG.