The discussions and decisions made at the Palais des Nations make a difference to the lives of people everywhere. The Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) - a CHF 836.5-million renovation and construction project - will ensure that the Palais des Nations continues to serve for the next generation as a safe, cost-effective and sustainable conference centre and as a major platform to support the UN’s important mission working for peace, rights and well-being.
The project includes the construction of a new sustainable office building, the comprehensive renovation and modernization of the historical buildings and the dismantling of the office tower above conference Building E.
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COVID-19 update: Following an order from the Geneva Conseil d’Etat for all construction projects in the Geneva canton to cease work, construction works of the new building and the Temporary Conference Facility were halted on 20 March 2020 until at least 19 April inclusive. The Strategic Heritage Plan (SHP) team has been working with the contractors to close down the sites, making sure everything is safe and secure.
While the planning, design and procurement activities related to the SHP continue at pace and have smoothly switched to be carried out via teleworking, this will have an impact on both the start of the renovation works and staff moves. We will keep you informed over the coming weeks as we gain more clarity on the unfolding situation.
Modernizing the Palais des Nations is necessary to address the Organization's changing needs, tackle urgent safety and efficiency issues and bring the campus in line with Swiss health and safety, accessibility and environmental initiatives and norms.
Not only will UNOG make our facilities safer, more modern and more accessible for persons with disabilities, UNOG will make them greener and more efficient. Our electrical and water usage will be reduced and harmful materials that were used in the original construction will be removed.
featured below presents an overview of the SHP project which aims to renovate the facilities at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and to build a new permanent building on the premises. Building code compliance and greater accessibility for persons with disabilities are among the key objectives of the project.
Find out more films
on the Strategic Heritage Plan project.
SHP News letters
Objectives, benefits and challenges
Reports of the Secretary-General on the "Strategic Heritage Plan"
Related United Nations General Assembly resolutions
Palais des Nations photo gallery