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Find useful, updated information about UN Geneva, such as the opening hours of our different services, access to the Palais or regulations during COVID-19. Please check this page before your visit at the UN as these information may be subject to change. 

The page also provides orientation for our different audiences - from permanent missions to vendors, NGOs to students, researchers to journalists. Find the information you need quickly and trouble-free.


The majority of COVID-19 measures at UN Geneva have been lifted. However, access to and movement inside the Palais des Nations may be restricted depending on the evolving global health situation.

Updated information and regulations for your time at the Palais can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 page.   

COVID-19 Response

Renovations at the Palais des Nations

An image of the new H building which has been built as part of the Strategic Heritage Plan at UN Geneva

The Strategic Heritage Plan project foresees extensive modification and updates of the historic buildings at the Palais des Nations. With the renovation work moving forward, visitors are kindly reminded that access points and routes are changing, and staff offices may have changed. It is important to follow posted signage on how to move around the buildings. The current changes to access points and routes can be found on the Circulation page.

Please also note that during the renovation of the Palais des Nations, the operating hours and access are subject to regular change. You can find the latest up to date information on the Services Operating Hours page.


Visit the Palais des Nations and learn about the United Nations and the United Nations in Geneva.

The facility, an outstanding testimony to twentieth century architecture, is situated in the beautiful Ariana park in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Geneva Peace talks


DG Briefing Member States

The United Nations Office at Geneva is a centre of multilateral diplomacy that provides a dynamic platform for collaboration, dialogue and action on global priorities. It is the representative office of the Secretary-General in Switzerland and the second largest UN duty station, with more than 1,500 staff representing close to 120 nationalities.

Serving as a focal point for multilateral diplomacy, UN Geneva provides services to more than 12,000 meetings every year, with nearly 128,000 delegates and visitors annually at the Palais des Nations.

Permanent Missions

Permanent missions were established, as part of the in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which recognized that such practices contribute to the development of friendly relations among nations, irrespective of their differing constitutional and social systems. The United Nations is comprised of 193 Member States, of which 179 permanent missions of Member States are accredited to United Nations Office at Geneva. 

Alley of Flags



The United Nations Information Service in Geneva is the voice of the United Nations Office at Geneva which informs the world about Geneva’s unique role in international relations.

It is also conveys the official position of the United Nations on matters in the news through its briefings, official statements, interviews and background briefings. It provides both breaking news and in-depth material to international print and audiovisual media.


The goal for UN Geneva is to provide efficient, effective and expert procurement services, while achieving best value for money and ensuring a competitive, fair and transparent process in accordance with established regulations, rules and procedures. UN Geneva provides purchasing and contracting services to several UN offices located in Europe, Africa and Middle East.The United Nations represents a global market of over USD 17 billion annually for all types of products and services.


Civil Society

Civil Society

Partnering with civil society advances the goals of the United Nations and helps support its work. The UN system relies on the expertise and active engagement of civil society and Non-Governmental organizations at all levels. UN Geneva nurtures and supports this engagement, which keeps growing in substance and in numbers.

Students and Researchers

Throughout the year the Information Service organizes information programmes which serve the purpose of creating a better understanding of the many activities of the United Nations and its specialized agencies based in Geneva.

The programmes are prepared for groups of at least twenty people coming from all parts of the world and composed of university students, diplomats, public servants and representatives of non-governmental organizations or other associations. The programme may have a duration of one day or may be spread over a week.

PCP Youth

Job Seekers


The world looks to the United Nations for solutions to complex problems everywhere; from the promotion of lasting peace and advancing disarmament, to defending human rights, alleviating poverty and combating climate change. The issues on our agenda are manifold and diverse as are the careers we offer.