12 Things To See in the UN Headquarters, New York, USA

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It is my dream to be a diplomat. I am fulfiiled that finally I have visited the UN Headquarters in New York. Hopefully, I can do it next time, not already as a tourist but as the representative of my country or some respected organizations.

You have to coordinate in advance with the United Nations Visitors Centre if you are interested to visit the UN Headquarters. It would also be cool if you wear your national costume. I did it by wearing a high-class barong!

Here are my12 Things to See in the UN Headquarters, New York, USA!

1.) UN Security Council Chamber 

The Security Council aims to maintain international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The interiors of UN Security Council Chamber were donated by Norway. The Norwegian government hired the leading Norwegian architect Arnstein Rynning Arneberg who was also famous for his Oslo City Hall, Volda Church, Osla Royal Mausoleum projects.

The mural in the chamber was Norwegian artist Per Lasson Krohg’s work. I googled the possible name of the artwork but I was unsuccessful. The theme though of the painting symbolizes the promise of future peace and individual freedom. And as a famous item in the Norse Mythology, please take a look at that centre table which is actually horse-shoe shape!

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2.) Trusteeship Council Chamber 

The interiors of the Trusteeship Council Chamber were donated by Denmark. The Danish government hired Danish architect Finn Juhl in 1952 then restored in 2010-2013 by Danish design duo Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard.

The Trusteeship Council promotes the advancement of the inhabitants of Trust Territories and their progressive development towards self-government or independence. As all Trust Territories have attained self-government or independence, either as separate States or by joining neighbouring independent countries, the Council amended its rules of procedure to drop the obligation to meet annually and agreed to meet as occasion required — by its decision or the decision of its President, or at the request of a majority of its members or the General Assembly or the Security Council.

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3.) UN Economic and Social Council Chamber

The UN Economic and Social Council aims to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is a platform for debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals.

The chamber was donated by Sweden. The Swedish Government hired modernist Swedish architect Sven Markelius who is also responsible for the creation of model suburbs of Vällingby (1950s) and Farsta (1960s).

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4.) UN General Assembly Hall 

It is the largest chamber in UN Headquarters. Every year in September, all the 193 Member States meet in this unique forum at Headquarters in New York for the General Assembly session.

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5.) Riverside View

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6.) Daily Military Expenditure Worldwide Stats 

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7.) UN Sustainable Development Goals 

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8.) Artworks

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10.) Artworks

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12.) Artworks

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2 comments

    1. Hi Basia, so after my UK trip, I did a layover in New York around September last year for 3 days. New York is my midpoint from UK to my home country, The Philippines! <3

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