A DONATION TOWARDS A NEW UN GENEVA VISITOR CENTER

The Nations Portal Foundation presents a novel venue aimed at facilitating a deeper understanding of multilateralism and the role of UN Geneva. Efforts are underway for a public opening in the summer of 2025.

Project OVERVIEW

The Nations Portal represents the creation of a new facility spanning approximately 3,500 m2 (including indoor and outdoor areas) within the Palais des Nations, designed to accommodate up to 250,000 visitors annually. Situated beneath the Alley of Flags, this space will be exclusively dedicated to educating the public on the practice of multilateralism by the UN and its affiliates in Geneva.

The new UN Geneva Visitor Center will provide a contemporary, interactive multimedia experience. Its objective is to foster a greater sense of involvement among visitors in the deliberations and resolutions conducted by UN entities in Geneva to tackle global challenges. Moreover, it aims to bolster Geneva’s appeal as a tourist destination, renowned as the birthplace of multilateral diplomacy and a prominent global hub of international cooperation, unparalleled in the world in its density.

THE CONTRIBUTION
OF A GENEVAN PHILANTHROPIST

The brainchild behind this informative and educational endeavor, situated near the Place des Nations, is Genevan banker Ivan Pictet.

Hailing from a renowned banking lineage, Ivan Pictet has been deeply committed to championing International Geneva, notably serving as the head of the Foundation for Geneva, which has undertaken this initiative. He is widely acknowledged by both the United Nations and Swiss authorities as a respected figure and partner.

Observing the absence of an attractive facility dedicated to promoting widespread awareness of the ideals and advantages of the multilateral system, he established the Pictet entity for Development in late 2008, affiliated with the IHEID, funding several chairs dedicated to the research and teaching of finance for development.

He also conceived the concept of a Nations Portal, envisioning a space bridging the Maison de la Paix campus and the Place des Nations, conducive to fostering meetings and interactions among IHEID students, international dignitaries, local communities, and serving as a showcase for International Geneva. However, this project failed to materialize.

In 2017, at the behest of the former Director-General of UN Geneva, Michael Moeller, Pictet agreed to consider the idea of a Nations Portal within the Palais des Nations itself. Under the auspices of the Pictet Foundation for Development, he conducted a feasibility study. Subsequently, in 2019, he established the Nations Portal Foundation and signed a framework agreement with UN Geneva to develop and actualize a new concept for a United Nations Visitor Center in Geneva.

Project milestone

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2019

May

Preliminary project

June

Framework agreement
Program and detailed study

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2020

September

Development of the first concept

December

Concept approval by the UN General Assembly

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2021

February

Construction permit obtained

July

Call for architectural projects

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2022

June

Finalization of the first concept

August

Project recalibration

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2023

June

Adoption of the final project of the Nations Portal

September

Start of execution

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2024

March

Construction site opening

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2025

Spring

Ticket office opening

Summer

Inauguration and opening to the public

The foundation

Founded in 2019 by Ivan Pictet, the Nations Portal Foundation aims to advance the Nations Portal project, a proposal for a Visitor Center for the United Nations in Geneva. Implementation is carried out on behalf of and for UN Geneva, with the Foundation serving as the designated project overseer.

The Nations Gateway Foundation pools funds provided by both public and private partners, with contributions taking the form of services rendered to the United Nations Office at Geneva (including construction of infrastructure and realization of the visitors’ experience).

The Foundation’s Board comprises:

Ivan Pictet
President

Tatjana Darani
Director

Philippe Burrin
Member

François Longchamp
Member

Benoît Merkt
Member

Lorenzo Peddrazzini
Member

Media

Press release

26.03.2024: UN Geneva Initiates Realization of the Nations Portal

Contacts

Tatjana Darani
Director
Fondation Portail des Nations
tatjana.darani@portaildesnations.ch

Valérie Rey
Communications Officer
Large Network
info@portaildesnations.ch

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