Open Day 2018

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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

  • Public debates:
    Learn how we work on the ground and participate in discussions on the state of human rights today.

  • Film screenings:
    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

  • Stand up!
    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

  • Puppet show:
    How do you explain human rights to children? We asked a puppeteer to try.

  • Interactive game:
    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!

  • Music workshop:
    Young musicians will be happy to play an instrument and join the band.


  • The Gutenberg Press:
    Print your own copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on a replica of the Gutenberg Press. This activity is in partnership with the Geneva Musée de la Réforme.


  • 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

  • Publications and goodies:
    Choose from a wide selection of human rights publications and freebies to take 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 TPG website

By car

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. 

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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.