We visit the headquarters of the United Nations along the East River. The land under the UN building is considered international territory and not part of the US. The 18 acre site belongs to all 193 UN member countries from around the world.
This complex has served as the official UN headquarters since 1952. Inside are the General Assembly and the Security Council, the two principal parts of the UN.
The building was built between 1948 and 1952. Although many cities competed to host the UN headquarters, the selection of New York came after a year of study and consideration by the UN delegates and after the site’s owner, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. offered to donate $8.5 million to purchase the land for the UN.
The complex contains a number of major buildings, including the Secretariat building, the domed General Assembly building, the Dag Hammarskjold Library, as well as the Visitors Center.
Just inside the fence around the complex stands a line of flagpoles where the flags of all 193 UN member countries plus the UN flag are flown in country name alphabetical order.
Inside the Visitor’s Center are exhibits featuring photos and multimedia displays on some of the important topics that the UN deals with, including human rights, sustainable development, climate change, violence against children and women, and more.