Open Day at Palais Wilson – Saturday 16 June 2018
The UN Human Rights Office will open its Geneva headquarters, Palais Wilson, to the public on Saturday 16 June, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is supported by the Swiss Confederation as well as the City and Canton of Geneva.
The day will be an occasion to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the creation of the UN Human Rights Office. It will be dedicated to the efforts of human rights defenders, civil society actors and everyone around the world who work to defend and promote the principles of the Declaration.
Please come and visit us to enjoy a fun-filled day and learn about human rights!
Register here - Download the programme (PDF)
Get to know our work
Learn how we work on the ground and participate in discussions on the state of human rights today.
What are human rights and what does the United Nations do to promote and protect them? Visitors can find out by watching a number of short documentaries, as well as works of fiction by renowned international directors.
Around the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Show your support for human rights by
taking our Pledge and share a selfie featuring Article 1 of the Universal Declaration.
The Declaration at 70:
See a collection of materials and historical artefacts on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This activity is prepared by the OHCHR Library in partnership with the United Nations Library.
For the kids
An interactive computer game for children between 7-12 will make them experts in human rights. How do we know that? Because they will be given a diploma they can take home with them when they successfully complete the adventure!
Young musicians will be happy to play an instrument and join the band.
Guided tours of Palais Wilson:
Palais Wilson is one of the historic architectural staples of Geneva. It was also the first home of the League of Nations. A local historian will guide visitors around Palais Wilson and reveal its many secrets. Registration is required.
In black and white:
What was Palais Wilson before it became the headquarters of the UN Human Rights Office? See historical photos of Palais Wilson when it was known as the Hotel National and the first headquarters of the League of Nations.
Take human rights home
Saturday 16 June from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A security check will be carried out for all visitors. You are kindly requested to show an identification document at the entrance gate.
rue des Pâquis 52 — 1201 Geneva
By public transport
- Bus n°1 and n°25, stops: Gautier or Châteaubriant; or
- Tram 15, stop: Butini
More information at the
No parking will be available inside the compound. Visitors are advised to use the public parking spaces available nearby located at Parking Wilson, Parking des Alpes, Parking du Grand Hotel Kempinsky, Parking Hotel Novotel Centre.
Food and drink
Food and drinks will be available at the cafeteria (hot and cold food, sandwiches and beverages).
Palais Wilson is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Encounter with Stradivari:
A concert featuring seven Stradivarius instruments
In the evening of 16 June, at 18h30, we are organizing a free concert with the
Nippon Foundation at the
Palais des Nations. This memorable event will be a unique opportunity to hear world-renowned musicians playing the famous Stradivarius violins.