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.
Accreditation and Registration
Delegates must register in advance through the secretariat of the conference to which they have been invited. Security identification badges are delivered upon provision of an accreditation request duly approved by the secretariat of the conference. For Long Duration badges, please contact the secretariat of the meeting.
Delegates may collect their security identification badges at the Pass and Identification Unit at the following address:
Pass and Identification Unit - operating hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Pregny Gate, Building F
8 - 14 avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 50 02
Fax: + 41 (0) 22 917 04 94
Access and Security
Entry for visitors and conference participants is possible as follows:
Access to most doors at the Palais des Nations is secured by a centralized access security system and can only be opened by means of a magnetic United Nations grounds pass issued to authorized users. Only two doors C-6, and E-40 will be accessible without a magnetic ground pass from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to enable access to visitors and conference participants.
Entry for visitors is possible at Pregny Gate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and visitors should obtain their badge after passing through security screening.
Open access 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.: C6 I E40
Open access 08.00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for SAFI & Medical Services: S1
Open access for guided tours: E39
Under access control doors:
Authorized badges only for C6 I E40 I S1 I H60
Exit doors after 7:00 PM: use S1 there is a release button that can be activated after 7:00 p.m.
Nations gate and Pregny gate have free flow pedrestrian exit at the turnstiles, no electronic badge is required.
If you have a bicycle with you, you will need to exit via Pregny gate after 7:00 p.m.
Entry for personnel is possible as follows:
Open 24 hours, 7 days per week for authorized pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Drivers are reminded to please keep vehicle windows closed when presenting their badge to Security Officers. Security officers will scan the UNOG badge of cyclists upon entry. Pedestrians will access through their dedicated entry at the Pregny Pavilion.
Security presence on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outside of those hours, Nations Gate is accessible for entry by accredited pedestrians who announce themselves to the Security Operations Center by dialing 72900 on the phone next to the turnstiles. Before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m., cyclists and those using scooters should enter and exit using the vehicle lanes at Pregny gate.
Chemin de Fer Gate:
Open for delivery and company vehicles, as well as accredited pedestrians from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. Restricted opening hours for staff and delegate vehicle entry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drivers are reminded to please keep vehicle windows closed when displaying your badge to Security Officers. Security officers will scan the UNOG badge of drivers and, passengers upon entry. Exit for accredited pedestrians is possible beyond 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. through the turnstiles.
Delegates are only allowed to enter the Palais with what is considered as carry-on luggage, e.g. computer bags, rucksacks and hand bags. Larger pieces of luggage, can be stored for by the UN Geneva Security Service if sufficient space is available.
Disclaimer: The United Nations Office at Geneva denies responsibility for any luggage stored. Unattended luggage may be impounded and disposed of by Security Services. Any costs related to this action may be charged to the owner of the luggage.
Delegates may drive to the Palais des Nations and park their vehicles in the parking lots in the compound, provided they have been delivered a parking sticker.
Parking stickers are issued upon written request from the permanent missions. They can be collected from the Pregny Gate.
Free tickets for public transport are available from a machine in the baggage collection area before passing through customs at Geneva International Airport. This unireso ticket allows you free use of public transport in Geneva including Transports Publics Genevois (buses and trams), CFF (Swiss Railways) or Mouettes Genevoises (municipal ferries) for a period of 80 minutes. Anyone holding this type of ticket may be asked to show their airline ticket.
In Geneva, unireso public-transport tickets must be purchased prior to boarding a tram, bus or ferry. Ticket machines are available at most stops. Travel cards or passes can be purchased at the main TPG centres (Rive, Cornavin and Bachet de Pesay) and at newsstands (including at the “Naville” kiosk in the Palais). Please note tickets are not available on the bus itself.
Hotels, youth hostels or campsites typically offer a Geneva Transport Card, which allows use of public transport in Geneva free of charge during the period of stay.
The Prégny Gate is approximately a 500 metre walk uphill from the Nations Gate and best accessed by public transportation at the Appia stop.
The Nations Gate, is only for staff or delegates already possessing a badge, valid identity document and not carrying luggage (laptops, rucksacks and hand bags are permitted).
Taxis cannot enter the UN compound.
Taxi stands are located 50 metres uphill outside the Nations gate and 25 meters outside the Pregny Gate on Avenue de la Paix.
Taxis are readily available from the airport. They are metered so costs will vary.
Calling from Inside the Palais
Internal telephone numbers start with 7 and are followed by four digits.
To make local Geneva calls, dial 0, followed by the prefix 022.
For other national or international calls, public telephones can be found in the main foyers of the Palais. These accept prepaid cards and credit cards.
111 UNOG switchboard
72900 Lost and found
Calling from Outside the Palais
T +41 (0)22 91 XXXX followed by the five-figure extension number.
or call the switchboard.
T +41 (0)22 917 12 34
SECURITY AND SAFETY SERVICE
T +41(0) 22 917 29 00
T +41(0) 22 917 29 02
The Palais des Nations has high speed public WIFI available throughout the campus. Delegates are also free to use public computers located in the Serpent Bar and in the Library.