Welcome to the United Nations! The Headquarters of the World
Organization is located on an 18-acre site on the East side
of Manhattan. It is an international zone belonging to all
Member States. The United Nations has its own security force,
fire department and postal administration. Visitors from all
over the world often like to send postcards back home with
United Nations stamps - these stamps can only be mailed from
the United Nations.
The Headquarters consist of four main buildings: the General
Assembly building, the Conference Building, the 39-floor Secretariat
building, and the Dag Hammarskjold Library, which was added
in 1961. The complex was designed by an international team
of 11 architects, led by Wallace K. Harrison from the United
Services to Visitors
Guided tours of the United Nations operate daily from the
General Assembly Public Lobby. An international staff explains
the work of the United Nations and its related organizations,
while taking visitors to some of the main Council Chambers
and the General Assembly Hall. The tour also features art
and other objects of interest donated by Member States.
At the Public Inquiries Unit, located in the public concourse,
visitors can obtain additional information materials relating
to the United Nations and its agencies.
The United Nations postal counter - where visitors can buy
UN stamps - a UN book store, gift shops, and a coffee shop
are also located in the public concourse.
information on services to the public, click here.
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