History: Since its founding during the aftermath of the Second World War, the United Nations has worked to maintain friendly relations among nations, encouraging human rights, protecting the environment or tackling illiteracy, disease and hunger for the betterment of humanity.
In 1946, John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated to the United Nations the 17-acre site along the East River that once was comprised of slaughterhouses, cattle pens, and tenement houses. Today, the buildings that occupy the Headquarters site include the General Assembly Building, the 39-storey Secretariat Building, the interconnecting Conference Building, and the Dag Hammarskjvld Library.
When you step through the gates of the United Nations Headquarters, you enter an international zone. The UN complex has its own security force, its own fire department, its own post office, and conducts business in six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
There are six main organs of the United Nations – the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice and the Secretariat. The Court has its seat at The Hague, Netherlands. All other organs are based at United Nations Headquarters in New York
Location: First Ave between 42nd St. and 48th St.
Telephone: 1 (212) 963-4475 for information on UN activities.
Bus: M15, M27, M42, M50, M104
Subway: to 42 St-Grand Central.
Admission: Free to public areas.
Hours: Weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Sat, Sun & Holidays 9:15am to 5pm.
Guided tours: Visitors’ entrance is located at First Ave and 46th St. 1(212) 963-8687. Tours in English depart every half hour, daily 9:30am-4:45pm. Call for language specific tour schedule. * Adults – $10.50, seniors – $8, students – $7, children between the ages of 5-14 – $6.00 each. Please note that children below the age of 5 are not permitted on the tours. This 45 minute tour is more like a lesson in international relations. Tours are available year-round.
Nearby Places of Interest:
1. Grand Central Terminal
2. Chrysler Building
3. New York Public Library
4. Times Square
Advisory: The Delegates’ Dining Room is open to visitors on weekdays for an early luncheon sitting, subject to availability. Reservations are suggested and required for groups of 10 or more. (800) 388-8190. The UN Gift Centre sells flags, handicrafts, and souvenirs from Member States. UN Postal Counter sells UN stamps for philatelic or mailing purposes. (Letters and post cards bearing UN stamps may be mailed only from UN Headquarters.) The Chapel of The Church Center for the United Nations, (First Ave & 44th St. or 777 United Nations Plaza) is open weekdays until 6pm, weekends until 4pm. The non-denominational Chapel accommodates 160 people. Hourly rental rates for private ceremonies range between * $300 and $420. Call 1(212) 661-1762 for more information. Best Lighting Conditions: Late morning and early afternoon. The UN building is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available during guided tours.
* Prices subject to change