Michael Møller is the 12th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). Mr. Møller has over 38 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations. He began his career in 1979 with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked for the United Nations in different capacities in New York, Mexico, Iran, Haiti, Cyprus and Geneva.
In 1995-1997, he served as Senior Political Adviser to the Director-General of UNOG. Between 1997 and 2001, he was Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at United Nations headquarters; between 2001 and 2006 he was Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General, while serving concurrently as Deputy Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General for the last two years of that period.
Mr. Møller also served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus from 2006 to 2008 and was the Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008 to 2011.
“Everything that is done here, in Geneva, has a direct impact on every person on this planet, in any 24 hour period”
In recognition of his efforts to deepen public understanding of the vital role of the United Nations and its partners in Geneva, Mr. Møller received a series of prizes from the City of Geneva, the Union Suisse des Attachés de Presse and, most recently, the Fondation pour Genève.
Born in 1952 in Copenhagen, Mr. Møller earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, United States, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom.
The Director-General is responsible for all activities of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Although the work of UNOG mostly goes unseen by the public, it is vital for the United Nations and its partners. Headquartered in the historic Palais des Nations, UNOG provides the vital support necessary for the United Nations and its partners to serve the international community and communicate the Organization’s message to the public. UNOG is central to the functioning of International Geneva, with its concentration of more than 40 international organizations, 179 Permanent Missions and over 400 non-governmental organizations on the banks of Lake Geneva. The Director-General is appointed by, and accountable to, the Secretary-General.