Welcome to UN Geneva. For more than 75 years, the UN has stood strong as a centre for multilateralism, working for peace, rights and well-being. Learn more about what UN Geneva, its secretariat entities as well as partnering funds, programmes and specialized agencies located in Geneva do to improve the lives of many across the globe.
Who we are
In the historic setting of the Palais des Nations, UN Geneva brings together individuals, organizations and nations to ensure a better future for all. As a diplomatic center, with near universal representation of states, Geneva is the ideal location for successful international cooperation. Around 5,300 meetings were held at the Palais des Nations last year, each in different ways touching the lives of people around the globe.
The Director-General is responsible for all activities of the United Nations Office at Geneva. As the representative of the Secretary-General, the Director-General undertakes special political assignments and representation as requested by the Secretary-General. She represents the Secretary-General in relations with Permanent Missions and observer offices based in Geneva and deals with the Swiss authorities in matters relating to the relevant privileges and immunities of staff of the United Nations system in Switzerland. Tatiana Valovaya is the 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the first woman to occupy this position.
The UN in Geneva
A range of UN entities are headquartered in Geneva, such as the World Health Organization, UNHCR, the International Labour Organization, the International Organization for Migration and many more. Geneva houses more than 40 international organizations, more than 180 permanent missions and over 400 NGOs which makes it an important hub for the United Nations. In addition to the UN entities headquartered here, most UN funds, programmes and agencies maintain a regional office or liaison office in Switzerland.
The work of the United Nations reaches every corner of the globe. The Organization works on a broad range of fundamental issues, from sustainable development, environment and refugees protection, disaster relief, counter terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, to promoting democracy, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, governance, economic and social development and international health, clearing landmines, expanding food production, and more, in order to achieve its goals and coordinate efforts for a safer world for this and future generations.
The United Nations has a history of more than 75 years. But the story doesn't begin there: known as the “predecessor of the United Nations”, the League of Nations (1920 – 1946) was an intergovernmental organization with the aim “to promote international cooperation and to achieve international peace and security ”.
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.
The diversity of our people provides a rich experience. You will find yourself working in multi-cultural teams with people from all backgrounds and cultures, who have a wide range of perspectives, experiences, expectations and approaches.
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