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FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR DELEGATIONS
is available to delegates. It is located in the General
Assembly building to the left of the Delegates’ Entrance
on the first floor. The United Nations is not responsible
for money, jewelry, negotiable papers and other valuables
left in cloakrooms. Such valuables should be removed from
articles to be deposited. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday
to Friday, starting 15 October until 15 May.
facilities are also available in various locations; the
United Nations is not responsible for articles left in these
areas and signs to this effect are posted.
delegates’ north lounge, snack bar and south lounge
bar are located on the second floor of the Conference building.
The north lounge is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the
snack bar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
the first day of the fifty-ninth session of the General
Assembly (i.e. 14 September 2004) until its December 2004
recess, members of delegations are asked not to invite to
the Delegates’ Lounge persons other than those holding
valid United Nations identification.
for service should be made in cash. Credit cards are accepted
in the north lounge bar only.
opening of the south lounge bar is contingent upon meetings
of the General Assembly and the Security Council.
of delegations are reminded that consumption of refreshments
is not permitted in conference rooms or in the Library Auditorium
room and cafeteria facilities
hours of service are from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The limited
accommodation does not permit the reservation of tables
permanently or from the first day of the fifty-ninth session
of the General Assembly until its December 2004 recess.
Members of delegations should make reservations by telephone
each morning (ext. 3.7625 or 3.7626). Reservations cannot
be held for more than 15 minutes after the appointed time.
for service should be made in cash or by credit card. Personal
cheques are not accepted.
dining rooms, which may be reserved for parties of 10 guests
or more, are available for private luncheons. In order to
ensure availability of these facilities, delegation members
are requested to make reservations two weeks in advance.
Arrangements required, including for menus, should be coordinated
with the United Nations Catering Service (ext. 3.7098 or
under 10 years of age cannot be accommodated in the Delegates’
dining room. Patrons are not permitted to take photographs.
Proper attire is required at all times.
wishing to hold evening receptions or functions at Headquarters
should make the necessary arrangements through the United
Nations Catering Service (ext. 3.7098).
formal invitations are to be sent out, all arrangements
should be made as far as possible in advance of the function.
Invitation cards should stipulate that guests are required
to present their cards at the Visitors’ Entrance and
then to pass through a magnetometer. Guests will also be
required to present their invitation cards at the entrance
to the reception room. A list of the guests and a sample
invitation should be submitted to the Chief, Security and
Safety Service (room C-110B), well in advance of the reception.
Main Cafeteria is located on the first floor, South Annex,
south side of the Secretariat building. Hours of service
are from 8 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Breakfast
is served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. Light snacks and coffee service are available between
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. onwards,
and the menu includes daily specials, pasta and dishes from
the grill. From the first day of the fifty-ninth session
of the General Assembly until its recess in December, the
Main Cafeteria will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. The Cafeteria is closed on Sundays.
staff café is located on the fourth floor of the
Conference building and can be reached from the 4th floor
of the Secretariat building. Hours of service are from 12
noon to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends
and on United Nations holidays. Payment for service should
be made in cash or by credit card. Personal cheques are
machines (hot and cold beverages) are available on the third
floor in the area of the “ex-Press Bar” and
in the 1B concourse visitor’s area of the General
Assembly building, second floor South Delegates’ Lounge
and 1B concourse adjacent to Conference Room E of the Conference
building area. The areas are open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
Café Austria is located in the First Basement area
of the General Assembly building. The Café Austria
is normally open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.
guests or visitors wishing to meet a delegate at United
Nations Headquarters will be directed to the Visitors’
Entrance located at 46th Street and asked to pass through
a security screening area before admission to the General
Assembly or Conference buildings. To facilitate the screening
of guests of members of delegations, a magnetometer, separate
from that used to screen tourists, has been set up. Members
of delegations will be expected to accompany their guests
at all times while on the premises and escort them back
to the visitors’ lobby at the time of their departure.
Guests will be expected to deposit a photo identification,
which can be retrieved prior to leaving the visitors’
lobby. Staff on duty at the desk will make arrangements
for contacting the delegate.
rooms are available at the following locations on the second
floor in the Conference building: rooms C-211A and C-211B.
event that a United Nations typewriter requires repair,
delegates are requested to advise the responsible official
for delegates’ use
is available for the use of delegates in the General Assembly
Hall, by the west wall near the documents distribution counter.
requests for sound reinforcement systems (microphones, amplifiers,
loudspeakers, etc.) should be directed to the Broadcast
and Conference Support Section, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(room L-B1-30, ext. 3.9485 or 3.7453).
Broadcast and Conference Support Section maintains a verbatim
collection of the proceedings of all plenary meetings, major
commissions and committees.
of sound recordings are available other than for closed
meetings. Written justification for the sound recording
of closed meetings may be made by the Chairman or Secretary
and addressed to the Chief, Broadcast and Conference Support
Section, fax: 3.3699, e-mail: email@example.com.
Orders are accepted by the Sound Archives Subunit (room
GA-013C, ext. 3.7658 or 3.9485).
VCRs, DVD players, television sets and video projectors
can be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Owing
to the limited amount of equipment available, 12 hours’
advance notice is required. Written requests for this audio-visual
support equipment should be directed to the Broadcast and
Conference Support Section, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(room L-B1-30, ext. 3.9485 or 3.7453).
videoconferencing is possible from several locations at
United Nations Headquarters. Written requests for this service
should be directed to the Broadcast and Conference Support
Section, e-mail: email@example.com (room L-B1-30,
ext. 3.9485 or 3.7453).
and messenger services
are requested to deposit all official correspondence intended
for Secretariat internal office distribution to Post 6 X-ray,
located in the Service Drive. Here, the correspondence will
be scanned for security clearance prior to the correspondence
being delivered to the Central Mail Distribution Sub-Unit
(room S-3B-2) for forwarding.
service within the Headquarters buildings is available through
the delegates’ aide in the delegates’ north
lounge. During meetings, messenger service may be obtained
through the conference officer.
Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) provides
the following computer-related services to delegations:
Internet service — ITSD provides Internet dial-up
accounts for Permanent Missions.
Internet e-mail — Each Permanent Mission may obtain
an unlimited number of Internet e-mail accounts. The e-mail
system may be accessed in two ways: via dial-up connection
(using POP3 protocol) or via the Internet (also called Webmail).
site service — ITSD provides a server that can host
web sites for Permanent Missions. Please go to the address
http://missions.un.int for the Permanent Missions home page.
distribution system (LISTSERV) — ITSD provides an
Internet e-mail distribution system.
to the UN Official Document System (ODS) — Each Member
State can obtain up to fifty (50) logins to the ODS. The
ODS can be accessed in two ways: via a dial-up connection
using ISDN or leased line, or via the Internet.
6. Donation of equipment — ITSD continues to donate
returns from the UN desktop computer replacement programme
to interested Missions.
7. Help Desk support — ITSD provides one telephone
number, (212) 963-3157, for technical support from 9.30
a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on normal UN workdays.
Missions Support Help Desk addresses the following problems
problems related to connecting to ITSD services;
(b) problems related to using ITSD services;
(c) requests for computer donations;
(d) requests for connection to ITSD services;
(e) requests for access to ITSD services (IDs and passwords).
Computers in the Secretariat Building with Internet access
— ITSD has provided 24 computers and arranged to have
them installed in the Delegates’ Lounge and in the
First Basement of the Secretariat Building. These computers
have direct access to the Internet and are provided for
the use of delegations. ITSD ensures full availability by
conducting routine inspections of all 24 computers twice
a day, and performing all necessary repairs and maintenance.
9. Wireless Internet access — ITSD provides wireless
Internet access from convenient locations in the Secretariat
Building. Delegates who have laptops equipped with a wireless
802.11b card may access the Internet in any of the following
in the hallway between the Café Austria and the
elevator bank in the Conference Building;
(b) on the second floor;
(c) in the lobby in front of the main cafeteria.
Anti-virus software — ITSD provides one copy of the
UN standard anti-virus software to each Permanent Mission.
For ease of use, ITSD configures the software to update
itself automatically with the latest anti-virus files each
time the user connects to the Internet.
more information on any of the services listed above, please
contact the Missions Support Help Desk at (212) 963-3157
or send electronic mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
main listed number of the United Nations is (212) 963-1234.
Extensions within the UN are preceded by the 963 or 367
prefixes. Direct calls from outside the United Nations to
staff and services can be made by either dialling the exchange
963 (preceded by the area code 1-212) or the exchange 367
(preceded by the area code 1-917) followed by the correct
four-digit extension as listed in the United Nations telephone
directory. Direct internal calls can be made by dialling
the access code “3” or “7” plus
the last four digits as shown in the directory.
be noted that staff members of the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are
on different exchanges. Direct calls from outside to UNDP
staff may be made by dialling the area code, if necessary,
exchange 906 + the four-digit extension. The exchange number
for UNFPA is 297 and that for UNICEF is 326.
have been made for personnel in the UN Secretariat Building
to dial directly to UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA. Direct internal
calls may be made to UNDP by dialling the access code “4”,
waiting for the dial tone and then dialling the four-digit
extension; and to UNICEF by using the same system when dialling
the access code “5”. Direct internal calls to
UNFPA may be made by dialling 63, waiting for the dial tone
and then dialling the four-digit extension. If the extension
is not known, the operator on “0” will provide
the number. In the case of an outside call, the operator
will switch the call to the person required.
number of the Information Desk in the Delegates’ Lounge
is (212) 963-8902 or (212) 963-8741. Incoming calls to the
Delegates’ Lounge are answered by the Information
Desk and delegates will be paged on the loudspeaker system.
Long-distance calls may be placed from booths located in
the Delegates’ Lounge or in the conference areas by
dialling “0” to reach the operator. Local calls
may also be made from these booths or from the house telephones
available in the Delegates’ Lounge by dialling “9”
and the telephone number.
Nations Postal Administration
Nations stamps may be purchased for both postage and philatelic
purposes at the United Nations Postal Administration sales
counter on the concourse level of the General Assembly building
(ext. 3.7699). The sales counter is open from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. seven days a week from March to December. It is closed
on weekends during the months of January and February. Facilities
for posting mail are available at this counter. The United
Nations Postal Administration operates a philatelic office
in room DC2-0625 (ext. 3.7684), which services mail orders
for stamps and other philatelic items. United Nations stamps
are issued in three currencies, namely, United States dollars,
Swiss francs and Euros and are valid for mailing only from
United Nations Headquarters, New York, the Palais des Nations,
Geneva, and the Vienna International Centre, respectively.
of the United States Post Office is located on the concourse
level in room S-B1-26 (ext. 3.7353) and is open from 9 a.m.
to 5.30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The services provided are
the usual postal services for private or official delegation
mailings, including parcel post, air mail, registered and
insured mail, international and domestic money orders, information
about postage rates and regulations concerning entry or
dispatch of parcels to and from various countries. All mail
must bear United Nations stamps in United States denominations.
Mail with United Nations stamps affixed may be deposited
at the delegates’ aides’ desk in the north lounge
or dropped into the letter chutes in the Secretariat building
for collection by messenger and onward dispatch by the Post
Garage Administration will schedule delegations to apply
for and pick up parking decals. Applications for decals
of vehicles registered to the individual delegates should
be submitted to the Protocol and Liaison Service (room S-0201,
phone: 1-212-963-7172) with the required attachment of valid
vehicle registration and current United Nations identification.
After certification by the Protocol and Liaison Service,
the application should be hand carried to the Garage Administration
(room GA-007, phone: 1-212-963-6212/3) for processing. Applications
for vehicles registered to the Mission should be submitted
directly to the Garage Administration Office (room GA-007,
phone: 1-212-963-6212/3) attaching the valid vehicle registration.
All applications must have an authorized Mission signature
accompanied by the Mission Seal. Only one decal will be
issued per delegate for use on a vehicle with “D”
plates. Decals will be issued only to members of delegations
duly accredited to the United Nations.
for decals from observer State missions, intergovernmental
and other organizations listed in chapters III, IV and V
of the “Blue Book” must be submitted to the
Protocol and Liaison Service and thereafter to the Garage
Administration for appropriate action. The issuance of parking
decals to observer State missions, intergovernmental and
other organizations will be limited to persons enjoying
with “S” plates registered in the name of mission
staff will not be authorized to park in the United Nations
missions may apply for a temporary identification decal
(light red) for the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly
to admit vehicles rented from established and bona fide
companies for use by accredited delegates, visiting dignitaries
and diplomats officially attending meetings during the session.
Application forms may be obtained from the Garage Administration
(room GA-007) and thereafter submitted to the Protocol and
Liaison Service (room S 0201). The application and a copy
of the rental agreement should be submitted to the Special
Services Unit (room S 0101) for clearance prior to submission
to the Garage Administration for issuance.
decals must be displayed prominently and be clearly visible
to security officers and Garage Administration staff at
entry points and while the vehicles are on the premises.
Vehicles not having or displaying a valid decal are liable
to be towed off the premises.
to the issuance of decals for the new General Assembly session,
all previously issued decals to delegations must be returned
to the Garage Administration (room GA-007). Also, decals
belonging to delegates who are departing from Headquarters
must be returned to the Garage Administration office prior
to their departure. Any changes in vehicle usage must be
reflected on the respective decals and as such should be
brought to the Garage Administration for processing.
of section II of General Assembly resolution 39/236, parking
privileges of any delegate whose parking fees are in arrears
by more than three months will be suspended as of September
2004. Privileges will be restored once the arrears have
been paid in full. Prior to a delegate’s departure,
he/she should contact the Garage Administration office (phone:
1-212-963-6213) in order to settle any outstanding dues.
cars bearing United Nations diplomatic plates and identification
decals valid for the current session of the General Assembly
may be parked on the first level and in a designated area
at the southern end of the second level of the garage without
charge while representatives are on official business. They
may be parked in the garage overnight at the rate of $2.50
per night. Invoices for this service are sent to delegates
and to delegations shortly after the end of every month.
These invoices are due upon receipt and should be settled
by cheque paid to the order of “United Nations”
and sent to the United Nations Garage Administration (room
GA-007, phone: (212) 963-6212/3).
to the grounds
access through the Secretariat entrance located on First
Avenue will be restricted solely to the vehicle, identified
by a special sticker, of the Permanent Representative. All
occupants riding in the car will be required to display
valid United Nations identification cards. In order to reinforce
safety measures, temporary stationing of the vehicle of
the Permanent Representative in the Secretariat circle will
be limited to clearly marked parking areas. All other vehicles
bearing a decal will be required to enter through the 48th
Street entrance. Delegation vehicles entering the premises
are subject to a security check.
vehicles which have been issued special decals, which permit
drop-off/pick-up only, may enter through the Secretariat
entrance located on First Avenue. Such vehicles will not
be permitted to park on United Nations premises.
to the garage
cars identified by special stickers issued to Permanent
Representatives may use the ramp at the 43rd Street entrance
for access to the garage.
should remain in the ready room, located in the first garage
level, while on call by delegates. The security officer
at the Delegates’ Entrance of the General Assembly
building pages chauffeurs whenever they are required.
for loss and damages
arranging for parking facilities to be available, the United
Nations seeks to accommodate delegations. Garage users are
warned that incidents of theft and vandalism have occurred
inside the garage, as it is not possible to have all vehicles
under surveillance all the time. The United Nations does
not warrant or promise the safety of vehicles or property
left in the garage, and users acknowledge and accept that
the United Nations cannot guarantee the safety of any vehicles,
or property inside them, left in the garage.
United Nations does not provide cars for delegations. It
is suggested that delegations requiring local transportation
make their own arrangements with local firms.
entitlements of representatives of Member States that are
least developed to sessions of the General Assembly
accordance with General Assembly resolution 1798 (XVII),
as amended by resolutions 2128 (XX), 2245 (XXI), 2489 (XXIII),
2491 (XXIX), 41/176, 41/213, 42/214, section VI of 42/225,
section IX of 43/217 and section XIII of 45/248, the United
Nations shall pay the travel, but not subsistence expenses,
in the following cases:
For not more than five representatives, including alternate
representatives, of each Member State designated as a least
developed country attending a regular session of the General
(b) For one representative or alternate representative of
the Member States referred to in subparagraph (a) above
attending a special or special emergency session of the
(c) For the travel of a member of a permanent mission in
New York who is designated as a representative or alternate
representative to a session of the General Assembly, provided
that such travel is within the limits noted in subparagraphs
(a) and (b) above, that it is certified by a permanent representative
to be in connection with the work of the particular session
and that it take place either during or within three months
before or after such a session. The entitlement in respect
of a session shall not be increased by reason of the recessing
and resuming of that session.
by the United Nations of travel expenses will be limited
to the cost of journeys actually undertaken.
is limited to the cost of round-trip travel, by most direct
route, between the capital city of the Member State to Headquarters,
for a maximum of one first-class ticket for the head of
delegation and four tickets in the class immediately below
first class for journeys exceeding 9 hours’ duration
by air or four tickets at the least costly economy airfare
for journeys under 9 hours’ duration by air for other
members of the delegation accredited to the respective session
of the General Assembly.
travel by sea or rail is involved for all or part of the
journey, reimbursement shall be limited to the cost of air
travel as specified above, unless the actual cost is less.
entitled to reimbursement of transportation costs, in accordance
with the provisions of the Rules Governing Payment of Travel
Expenses and Subsistence Allowance in Respect of Organs
or Subsidiary Organs of the United Nations (ST/SGB/107/Rev.6
of 25 March 1991) may submit claims on form F-56 (Reimbursement
voucher for official travel of representatives of Member
States). Such claims must be accompanied by original receipts,
bills, vouchers, used ticket stubs and boarding passes.
If requested, the United Nations would arrange transportation,
wherever possible, between the capital city of a Member
State to the place of the meeting; for this purpose, delegations
should send a “Note Verbale” indicating first
and last names of the traveller(s) and their date of birth,
dates of arrival to, and departure from, New York and should
include the fax number and e-mail address of the traveller
and/or contact person in New York. The United Nations will
not be liable for any claim for reimbursement of travel
expenses submitted later than 31 December of the year that
follows the closing date of the session of the organ or
subsidiary organs to which the claim relates.
claims, requests for issuance of tickets and inquiries on
travel entitlements should be addressed to:
Department of Management
New York, N.Y. 10017
Tel.: (212) 963-6192/963-8042
Fax: (212) 963-3283
official travel agency of the United Nations in New York,
American Express, will assist delegations, to the extent
possible, in making travel arrangements, ticketing and hotel
reservations. The office, which is located in room S-2008,
is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ext. 3.6280).
liaison and legal assistance
New York City Commission for the United Nations, Consular
Corps and Protocol is the official liaison between the Mayor’s
Office, as well as all city agencies, and the diplomatic
and consular community. Its primary purpose is to provide
information and assistance on a diverse range of matters,
from educational, household and personal concerns to legal
and commercial problems. Newly arrived diplomats and consular
officers are greeted and provided with a kit of information
on New York City. The Commission also assists private citizens
and local businesses in interacting with diplomatic and
consular individuals and organizations.
members of the diplomatic and international community are
welcome to call the Commission for assistance throughout
their stay in New York. The Commission is comprised of the
following four divisions: United Nations and Consular Corps
Affairs (which includes the Legal Department), Protocol,
International Business, and the Sister City Program of the
City of New York.
further information, please call (212) 319-9300 or fax:
(212) 319-3430. The Commission is located at Two United
Nations Plaza (DC2), 27th floor, New York, N.Y. 10017.
Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations, Inc.,
is a private self-supporting and non-political organization
devoted to helping delegates and their families feel welcome
in New York and the surrounding area. Volunteers arrange
hospitality in American homes and visits to such places
of interest as museums, schools, hospitals, courts, private
art collections and the stock exchange. Complimentary tickets
to cultural and civic events are often available.
Committee also offers day and evening courses at their English
Language School. The programmes are open to everyone associated
with the United Nations. Two sessions are held in the fall
and spring. Evening classes in Professional English are
about these activities may be obtained from room GA-101
(ext. 3.7182, 3.7183 or 3.8751) or from our monthly calendar
posted on www.hcund.org.
Chase Bank maintains two branches located in the United
Chase Bank, United Nations Secretariat building, fourth
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (212) 223-4322
Internal telephone: ext. 3.7108 or 3.7109
ATM (cash machine) on the first floor of the
Secretariat building available 24 hours*
E-ATM full service on the fourth floor of the
Secretariat building available 24 hours**
825 United Nations Plaza — street level
First Avenue and 46th Street
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Telephone: (212) 557-0431
Vestibule with four ATMs*** available 24 hours
service offered in English, French and Spanish requires
the use of an ATM card. E-ATM additional languages: Russian,
Chinese, Korean, Italian, Greek and Portuguese. Services
obtained through Chase ATMs: transfers, deposits, payments,
cash withdrawals, balance inquiries and statement printing.
E-ATM offers additional services: order new checks and change
password. Chase ATM card will access 150,000 network locations,
NYCE®, MAC®, Plus®, Cirrus®, Pulse®,
MasterCard®/Visa® cash machines, throughout the
United States, Canada and worldwide for cash withdrawals
and balance inquiries.
United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) provides the
United Nations (UN) community with the products and services
to meet its financial needs. Members can access account
information, send wire transfers, apply for loans, and more,
at www.unfcu.org 24 hours a
day, 7 day a week, or at any of our branches and liaison
offices located in New York City, Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna.
a UNFCU ATM/Bancomat to check balances, transfer funds,
withdraw cash, and deposit money
(2 UN Plaza and Secretariat Branches only). Use a Foreign
Currency ATM to withdraw funds in Canadian Dollars, British
Pounds, Euros, or Swiss Francs. Cards with the following
logos are accepted: NYCE®, Cirrus®, Visa®, MasterCard®,
Plus®, American Express “Express Cash”®,
Discover®, Pulse® and Honor®.
is open to employees and retirees of the United Nations
and specialized agencies and their families. For more information,
stop by one of our branches, call us at (212) 338-8100 or
e-mail us at email@example.com.
below are the UNFCU branch, ATM/Bancomat and Foreign Currency
ATM locations in New York City:
Second Avenue, street level
2 UN Plaza, 3rd floor
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Paydays, 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
ATM/Bancomats and Foreign Currency ATM located on the 3rd
Secretariat Building, 4th floor
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Paydays, 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
ATM/Bancomats located on the ground floor and the 4th floor.
Foreign Currency ATM located on the ground floor.
Office (no cash transactions)
UNICEF, 633 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
ATM/Bancomat located on the 22nd floor
* Deposit option not available at this ATM.
** Deposits and payments available at this ATM.
*** Service is available in Russian at these ATMs.
is a newspaper and confectionery stand in the lobby of the
Secretariat building, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5.30
p.m., Monday to Friday. It is closed on weekends and holidays.
services are available at the United Nations Bookshop located
in the concourse area of the public lobby at the north end
of the General Assembly building. In addition to publications
by the United Nations and its specialized agencies, other
publishers are represented on themes addressed by the United
Nations. Souvenir postcards, posters and stationery items
are also available for sale. Delegates are entitled to 25
per cent discount on United Nations publications and 10
per cent discount on all other items over $3 on purchases
made at the Bookshop. The Bookshop is open Monday through
Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m.
to 5.30 p.m. It is closed on weekends during January and
United Nations publishes over 400 new publications each
year, providing an invaluable source of information on the
world’s most important issues. Its wide range of publications
keeps readers throughout the world up to date with latest
developments in the areas of international politics, law,
social issues, the environment and economics, as well as
provides numerous important reference works and all the
official records of the Organization. Microfiche, CD-ROM
and electronic databases are available in addition to publications.
The United Nations also acts as a distributor for publications
by UN Funds and Programmes. Orders or information on United
Nations publications can be obtained by contacting: United
Nations Publications, Two United Nations Plaza, room DC2-0853,
New York, N.Y. 10017; tel. (212) 963-8302; fax (212) 963-3489;
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, web site: www.un.org/publications.
meditation room is located in the north-west end of the
entrance level of the General Assembly building. The designated
hours are from 8 a.m. to 4.45 p.m., Monday to Friday. The
security supervisor in the area will be available to assist
with access to the room.
is a quiet room for delegates in the delegates’ south
lounge on the second floor, Conference building.
Nations Gift Centre
Gift Centre is located on the concourse level of the General
Assembly building. Objets d’art, handicrafts, costume
jewelry, souvenirs, United Nations medals and flags of Member
States are on sale. Delegates are entitled to a 20 per cent
discount on all purchases upon presentation of valid United
Nations identification. The Gift Centre is open seven days
a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from March to December. It
is closed on weekends during January and February.
for use of United Nations premises
the interest of ensuring the security and safety of all
concerned, as well as in the light of the increasing number
of requests for use of facilities, representatives of permanent
missions are asked to use the utmost discretion when sponsoring
events to ensure that the activities are of a non-commercial
nature and consistent with the principles and aims of the
United Nations. Missions should note that they are responsible
for the content and conduct of any event they may sponsor.
Specially when sponsoring events on behalf of non-governmental
organizations accredited with the United Nations, representatives
of Missions should bear in mind that, notwithstanding the
worthiness of the purpose of the event, no substantive business
such as the passage of resolutions, holding of elections,
presentation of awards or solicitation of funds, nor ceremonies
of any kind, may be conducted. Requests for the use of the
premises for events should be addressed to the Assistant
Secretary-General for Central Support Services (room S 2127B,
ext. 3.1889, fax: (212) 963-4217). Once approval has been
obtained, a ranking member of the Mission must attend and/or
preside over the meeting or event in its entirety. Any and
all financial obligations arising from the meeting or event
shall be the sole responsibility of the sponsoring mission.