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The United Nations

The United Nations was founded in 1945, after the Second World War, by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Guided Tours have been offered at UN Headquarters ever since the buildings opened in 1952. 

Each year, approximately 1 million visitors from around the world come to visit the United Nations. Designed by an international team of acclaimed architects (including Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer), the United Nations Headquarters was built on a site overlooking the East River. It quickly came to dominate the Manhattan skyline with the Secretariat’s “futuristic” (for the time) glass curtain wall and the sweeping roof of the General Assembly building. 

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More on the UN Headquarters building

Today, the Visitor Centre is your entry point into the international world of global diplomacy. Book a guided tour of the UN Headquarters, visit the exhibits, learn more about the art in public spaces, browse the UN Bookshop, ask a question, purchase a souvenir and send a postcard with a UN stamp.  

The Delegates Dining Roomaccepts lunch reservations during the week. Call 1-917-367-3314 for additional details. 

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Visit the United Nations – it's YOUR world!