United Nations Office at Geneva
What is it? UNOG is the representative office of the Secretary-General in Switzerland and the largest duty station outside of United Nations Headquarters. Servicing close to 9,000 meetings annually, UNOG is one of the busiest global intergovernmental conference centres and a focal point for multilateral diplomacy. UNOG provides critical support to a large number of United Nations entities in Geneva and beyond, including administrative, conference management, communications, public information and outreach, library and security services.
What does it do? As a representative office of the Secretary-General, UNOG works across the following areas: Representation, liaison and coordination: As the Secretary-General's representative, the Director-General promotes the Organization's priorities among all stakeholder communities. He provides for liaison, coordination and facilitation with Permanent Missions, the Host Country authorities, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, facilitates inter-agency cooperation and collaboration with regional and other intergovernmental organizations, and represents the Legal Counsel in Geneva.
Disarmament: The Director-General serves as Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Personal Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the Conference, and promotes the United Nations' disarmament agenda.
Conference Management: Through the Division of Conference Management, UNOG coordinates and manages the provision of conference services for close to 9,000 meetings annually held at UNOG and at other locations under the responsibility of UNOG, including planning, documentation, language services and general meetings servicing, as well as advising host countries while preparing conference events serviced by UNOG outside of Geneva.
Administration: Through the Division of Administration, UNOG provides administrative services and support to many parts of the United Nations system in Geneva and beyond, including financial management services to over 30 Geneva-based offices and departments as well as to entities located in Turin and Bonn, human resources management services to 3,500 staff members in more than 30 client departments and offices located in Europe and in 80 field services worldwide, information and communications technology support, as well as buildings and grounds management. Public Information: The United Nations Information Service provides information about intergovernmental meetings held at UNOG and about UN-wide issues to journalists, diplomats, civil society and the public. It provides for the coordination of communications, public information and outreach activities with other United Nations entities in Geneva, as well as organizing special events, briefings on United Nations activities and managing the Visitors' Service.
Library: The UNOG Library provides library and archival services to over 60,000 users annually, including maintenance of general information and library collections, acquisition and preservation of library materials and United Nations documentation, records management and management of historical archives. Through the Library, UNOG also hosts a Cultural Activities Programme.
Security: As Designated Official for Security for Switzerland, the Director-General is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of persons and property at United Nations premises in Switzerland.
Cooperation UNOG cooperates with all parts of the United Nations system, regional and other organizations, the research and academic community, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
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