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United Nations Headquaters

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 States.

Services to Visitors

Every year over a million people from around the world visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Many take 45-minute guided or audio tours that operate seven days a week from the Visitors Lobby. The tour is an exciting opportunity to learn about the work of the United Nations and its related organizations, while visiting the General Assembly Hall. It also features art and other objects donated by Member States.

Over thirty exhibitions are mounted in the Headquarters' Visitors Lobby annually, on topics as diverse as the environment, human rights, climate change, HIV/AIDS, peacekeeping, disability, women, children and armed conflict, poverty, slavery, health, sustainable development.

Visitors Services responds to thousands of inquiries each year about the United Nations and its agencies. Written information about the United Nations is available to students, teachers and the general public in the form of user-friendly fact sheets, booklets and brochures. Briefing programmes are also available on a wide variety of topics to small and large groups who visit the UN.

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.