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United Nations in Midtown Manhattan, NYC

United Nations


1st Avenue betw 42nd and 48th Streets

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United Nations as photographed from a cruise boat along the East River.
United Nations as photographed from a cruise boat along the East River.

Completed in 1952 & located roughly between 42nd-48th Sts, off of 1st Avenue is Headquarters for the United Nations. The UN was established on October 24th, 1945 by 51 countries for the sake of preserving and upholding peace and humanitarianism. Today there are 189 members of the UN.

For each one of these members, there flies a flag in front of the main office. They’re placed in alphabetical order in accordance with the English language….i.e., Afghanistan’s flag flies on 48th St. and Zimbabwe’s flag is on 42nd St.

Inside are wonderful works of art, as well as other parts of the building(s) itself, donated from many parts of the world. These range from the Japanese Peace Bell donated by Japan, the Chinese Ivory Carving donated by China, the Foucault Pendulum donated by the Netherlands, the Trusteeship Council Chamber given by Denmark and the Economic and Social Council Chamber given by Sweden….’just to name a few.

Basically, the UN is made of six main parts: the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the Secretariat and the International Court of Justice. To get a more detailed overview of these parts go to THE UN IN BRIEF

For anyone interested, the United Nations News Audio Information System (UNNAIS) provides the latest news and information about the UN as well as peacekeeping operations.

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