Welcome to United Nations...
Welcome to United Nations Headquarter in New York
In this guide, I'll show you how to get in here...
and how to get into all...
it's not a guide!
Alright, let me redo this with my voice overs…
I am visiting the United Nations Headquarter in New York
and you are invited!
You’ll learn how to quickly get in and follow me on a rare tour of this historic landmark
including many of famous chambers and the hidden gems
Located in the Turtle Bay neighbourhood of Manhattan
on spacious grounds overlooking the East River is the home to headquarter of the United Nations
Although it is situated in New York City
the land it occupied are technically extraterritorial
The property was originally a slaughterhouse
and the current complex was constructed between 1948 to 1952 from the land donated by Rockefeller family
If you have a tripod, your journey starts right here at the hot dog stand
because you need to get rip of it
and my solution is...
ask nicely if you can leave it with the hot dog stand owner over there
and be nice!
buy a bottle of water
you need to come here at 801 at First Avenue to get your security sticker
so they can let you in!
let's get going!
Next you need to go through the security in the visitors entrance…
but don’t worry, no pad downs!
Once you are in
please enjoy the breathtaking view of the East River
and many of the artworks, including an Italian bronze sculpture Sphere Within Sphere
But let’s get inside the center of the world politics
The first floor main foyer is accessible to everyone free of charge
It features portraits of former UN Secretary Generals
artworks, and various exhibits
However, the official tour is expensive…
so I am going to pay up
and share with you the experience of roaming through some of rarely seem corners of United Nations Headquarter
Our first stop is the chamber that houses UN Security Council
a gift from Norway
It was designed by the Norwegian architect with the mural also painted by Norwegian artist
The UN Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations
it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to its member states
It’s responsibility includes the maintenance of international peace and security
as well as accepting new members to the UN
and approving any changes to its Charter
Going to our next room, we walked through the hallway decorated with exhibits
placing emphasis on the importance of the peacekeeping missions in the conflict area
protection of human rights
the remembrance of holocaust
and the statehood for Palestine
The next chamber we’ll visit houses the UN Trusteeship Council
It’s another principal organs of the United Nations
with a mission to ensure that those territories were administered in the best interests of their inhabitants
and of international peace and security
Its main goals is to oversee the decolonization of dependent territories which is fulfilled on November 1, 1994
As a result, the Trusteeship Council suspended its operation on the same day
and although under the United Nations Charter it continues to exist on paper
Today, the chamber is used as a general purpose meeting and conference room
Our next chamber houses the United Nations Economic and Social Council
another one of the six principal organs
with responsibility of coordinating the economic, social, and related work of 15 UN specialized agencies
The building is full of artwork gifts from governments around the world
including this one given by the United States, titled Rockwell’s “Golden Rule”
“Do Unto Other as You Would Have Them Do Unto You”
This 15-foot teak and gold replica of the Thai royal barge was a gift from Thailand
and as well as this Buddhist bell tower
This artwork is called “Chernobyl” a gift from Belarus
the left part represents the region’s past
the centre highlights the nuclear disaster
and the right expresses hope for the future
Leading the hallway to the last chamber is a exhibits that focus on disarmament
It features an arms expenditure clock calculating the daily worldwide spending on weapons
As well as a resource comparison diagram showing allocation of military spending in comparison to humanitarian and social causes
On display includes showcasing the horrors of landmines inflicted on its victims
and danger of Weapon of Mass Destruction
Also on exhibit
the statue of Saint Agnes found in the ruins of a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan in 1945
one of the two cities that was destroyed by atomic bomb
The last chamber we’ll visit is the most famous and well known
The UN General Assembly
another one of the six principal organs of the United Nations
and the only one in which all member nations have equal representation
It is the main policymaking and representative organ of the UN
Its powers includes overseeing the budget of the United Nations
appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council
receive reports from other parts of the United Nations
and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions
And that concludes our tour
however if you still can’t get enough…
why not bring something home from the Gift Shop
What about sending me a postcard from its own United Nations Postal Office…
how cool is that!
With that being suggested
I hope your enjoy the tour of United Nations Headquarter in New York
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