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UN entities in Geneva

UNITED NATIONS OFFICES WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

1. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Promoting and protecting human rights for all; identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today’s human rights challenges; the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the UN system

2. United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

A focal point for multilateral diplomacy, servicing more than 8,000 meetings every year; the representative office of the United Nations Secretary-General at Geneva

3. United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)

Bringing the worlds of sport and development closer together; the entry point to the UN system with regard to Sport for Development and Peace

4. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies, coordinating the response and funding for humanitarian crises, managing information and data in emergencies

 

FUNDS AND PROGRAMMES WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

5. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCHR)

Leading and co-ordinating international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide, safeguarding the rights and well-being of refugees

6. International Trade Centre (ITC)

Fostering sustainable economic development and contributing to achieving the Global Goals in developing countries and transition economies through trade and international business development

7. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Advancing development issues, particularly international trade; producing analyses that form the basis for recommendations to economic policymakers, facilitating debate and providing technical assistance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition

 

SPECIALIZED AGENCIES WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

8. International Bureau of Education – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IBE/UNESCO)

Contributing to the attainment of quality Education for All; IBE is the UNESCO institute specializing in educational contents, methods and structures

9. International Labour Organization (ILO)

Promoting rights at work, encouraging decent employment opportunities, enhancing social protection and strengthening dialogue on work-related issues

10. International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

The UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs

11. World Health Organization (WHO)

The directing and coordinating authority on international health within the UN system

12. UNITAID*

Finding new ways to prevent, treat and diagnose HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively

13. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Leading the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all; the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation

14. World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

The UN system’s authority on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources

 

UNITED NATIONS RESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTES WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

15. United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

Assisting the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges.

16. United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Working in every region of the world to empower individuals, governments and organizations through knowledge and learning

17. UNOSAT**

A technology-intensive programme delivering imagery analysis and satellite solutions to relief and development organisations within and outside the UN system to help make a difference in areas such as humanitarian relief, human security, territorial and development planning

18. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Undertaking multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues

 

JOINTLY FINANCED BODIES WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

19. Joint Inspection Unit (JIU)

Conducting evaluations, inspections and investigations system-wide with the aim to secure administrative efficiency and achieve greater co-ordination between organizations

20. International Computing Centre (ICC)

Providing Information Technology and Communications (ICT) services within the UN System

 

REGIONAL COMMISSIONS WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

21. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Promoting pan-European economic integration by bringing together 56 countries located in the European Union, non-EU Western and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America.

 

OTHER ENTITIES WITH HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA

22. United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)

A subsidiary organ of the United Nations Security Council created to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraq’s unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91

23. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Advancing global progress in achieving country set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and to halt and reverse the spread of HIV

24. United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Focal point in the UN system for the coordination of disaster reduction and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the UN system and regional organizations and activities in socio-economic and humanitarian fields

25. United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

Ensuring an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problems of landmines and explosive remnants of war, including cluster munitions, in collaboration with 11 UN departments, agencies, programmes and funds

 

FUNDS AND PROGRAMMES WITH REGIONAL OFFICE IN GENEVA

26. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UN global development network, helping countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience, and contributing to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion

27. United Nations Volunteers (UNV)***, Geneva Office

Contributing to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers throughout the world

28. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Leadership and encouraging partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations

29. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Leading humanitarian and development agency working globally to improve the lives of children and their families

 

FUNDS AND PROGRAMMES WITH LIAISON OFFICE IN GENEVA

30. World Food Programme (WFP)

UN frontline agency fighting hunger worldwide, responding to emergencies, saving lives by getting food to the hungry fast and helping prevent hunger in the future

31. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

32. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near-East (UNRWA)

Providing assistance and protection for Palestine refugees to help them achieve their full potential in human development

33. United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Working towards a better urban future, promoting socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all

34. UN Women

The UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women

 

SPECIALIZED AGENCIES WITH LIAISON OFFICE IN GENEVA

35. World Bank

Providing financial and technical assistance to developing countries through low-interest loans, zero to low-interest credits, and grants supporting investments in areas such as education, health, infrastructure, financial and business development, agriculture and environmental management

36. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

UN agency leading international efforts to defeat the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives

37. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Contributing to the building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information

38. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability

39. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism

 

OTHER ENTITIES WITH AN OFFICE IN GENEVA

40. United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Supporting countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice

41. United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Operational arm of the UN, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world

42. United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF)

A fund established by the UN General Assembly in 1949 to provide retirement, death, disability and related benefits for staff of the United Nations and the other organizations

43. United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

Promoting nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; strengthening of the disarmament regimes in respect to other weapons of mass destruction, and chemical and biological weapons; and disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, especially landmines and small arms

44. Conference on Disarmament****

The single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community

45. United Nations Office for Outer Space (UNOOSA)

Promoting peaceful uses of outer space

46. United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services

As neutral and independent parties, the United Nations ombudsmen and mediators assist UN staff members worldwide to address their work-related concerns and help to resolve conflict through informal means

47. United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA)

Postal agency of the UN, issuing postage stamps and postal stationery (stamps from the Issuing Office in Geneva in CHF are valid for postage only if mailed at the Palais des Nations)

 

INTER-AGENCY ENTITIES WITH AN OFFICE IN GENEVA

48. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Leading international body for the assessment of climate change, established by UNEP and WMO in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts

49. United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)

Promoting dynamic partnerships between the UN and civil society organisations by providing information, advice, expertise and consulting and support service

50. United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB)

Coordination forum of the UN system, providing broad guidance, coordination and strategic direction for the system as a whole in the areas under the responsibility of executive heads

51. United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN)

The food and nutrition policy harmonization forum of the UN, promoting cooperation among UN agencies and partner organizations in support of community, national, regional, and international efforts to end malnutrition in all of its forms in this generation

52. UN Water

Coordinating UN’s work on water and sanitation

 

SPECIAL ENVOYS/REPRESENTATIVES WITH AN OFFICE IN GENEVA

53. Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria

54. Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP in Geneva)

55. Antti Turunen, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Georgia

56. Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garces, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility

This list is also available for download as a pdf.

Sources: www.unog.ch, www.unsceb.org/directory, www.dfae.admin.ch/geneva

*UNITAID is hosted and administered by WHO
**UNOSAT is the UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme, implemented with the support of CERN
***UNV is administered by UNDP
****The Conference on Disarmament is an autonomous body which receives the support of the UN system and its secretariat is provided by the UNODA.