2015 was a year of defining moments and great achievement for the United Nations. The Organization celebrated its 70th anniversary, and Member States adopted several important frameworks on sustainable development, climate action and disaster risk reduction, which will guide our work for years to come.


The United Nations Office at Geneva provides a space for dialogue and innovative thinking for this work, and plays a crucial role in opening up the activities of the United Nations to the world. Through the lens of United Nations photographers, we have the opportunity to look back at some of the year’s top stories, from events that cut across all three pillars of our work – peace, rights and well-being, to moving commemorative ceremonies.


For a complete overview of the year, please visit the UN Geneva Flickr account, or download our 2015 Annual Report which will be available on the App Store and Google Play in March 2016.



Michael Møller


Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament




Staffan de Mistura, United Nations, Special Envoy for Syria at a press conference.

(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)



Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, at the Geneva Climate Conference, opening plenary of the Eighth Part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)


Delegates of the Human Rights Council, wearing the traditional dress of their respective countries, pose for a group photo after the panel on the topic Human Rights and climate change.

(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)



Michael Møller, Director-General United Nations Office at Geneva (right) with Mrs. Zamzam Abshir Mohamed Isamil during tree-planting ceremony and plaque dedication in memory of the late Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the United Nations Office, H.E. Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail, in the park of the Palais des Nations.


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)


Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (right) with Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor (left) during the opening of the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly.


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)



UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed, Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, during a press conference.


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)


Place des Nations, Geneva


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)


Commemoration ceremony for humanitarian workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty during the annual observance of World Humanitarian Day.


(UN Photo: Pierre Albouy)


Participant Gabriele Schlipf during the Geneva Peace Talks.


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)


A general view of “Concert for the Understanding of Civilizations and Human Rights”


(UN Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré)


Universal Children’s Day


(UN Photo: Coralie Chappat)



Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second left); Christiana Figueres (left), Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Laurent Fabius (second right), Minister for Foreign Affairs of France and President of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) and François Hollande (right), President of France celebrate after the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  UNOG provided essential conference, security, documentation and interpretation support for COP21.


(UN Photo: Mark Garten)