1. Ariana Park, which surrounds the Palais des Nations, is the biggest and most prestigious park in Geneva, with 46 hectares overlooking Lake Geneva.

2. Peacocks roam the grounds of UN Geneva. Many were donated by a zoo in Japan in 1997, while others were sent as gifts from the Permanent Mission of Japan. 

3. UN Geneva was awarded the Nature Reserve certificate in 2009 for its efforts to protect nature and promote biodiversity in its grounds. Some of the measures taken by UN Geneva include avoiding pesticides, using compost and keeping sheep on the property to replace lawnmowers. 

4. The Palais des Nations houses some 2,000 works of art, some of which belonged to the UN predecessor, the League of Nations.

5. The UN Geneva canine unit now has seven dogs of different breeds, including German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherds and a Labrador Retriever. The dogs are not only diverse, but are also gender balanced, with three females and four males.

6. UN Geneva is at the heart of “International Geneva”. There are 42 international organizations in Switzerland, of which 36 are located in Geneva. More than 42,000 people make up “International Geneva”. This number represents international civil servants, diplomats, NGO workers, and their families.  

7. In 2017, the UN system in Geneva had 9,726 staff members in the fields of health, labour, human rights, intellectual property, disarmament and more.

8. Since 2009, UN Geneva has used water from Lake Geneva to cool the Palais des Nations and conference rooms. 

9. UN Geneva has 3,223 m2 of photovoltaic panels to produce green electricity, 222 m2 of solar panels to produce hot water for the Palais, and 20 solar lamps to light Ariana Park.

10. There are 196 flags lining the Allée des Drapeaux in front of the Palais des Nations, one for each Member State (193) and permanent observer (2), plus the flag of the United Nations.

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