What you may see-
The guided tours
The guided tour of the United Nations starts with a brief overview of the Organization whereby you will learn about:
- its history,
- its structure,
- its composition, and
- who designed the famous buildings located by the East River.
Members of the United Nations have donated gifts of art to the Organization over the years, some of which you might see during your tour.
In the human rights section of the tour, you will have the opportunity to view the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights designed by Brazilian artist Octavio Roth.
At the disarmament stop of the tour, you will see:
- remnants of the nuclear explosions in Nagasaki and Hiroshima (coins, bottles, and the statue of St. Agnes),
- landmines of various types and shapes, and
- the Escopetarra, a guitar made from an AK47 by César López, a Colombian musician and social activist.
You will learn about the work of the General Assembly, the central organ of the United Nations. The General Assembly Hall is where all 193 Members States of the Organization convene to discuss global issues. We regret to inform you, however, that the General Assembly Hall is currently inaccessible as the General Assembly building is closed for renovations. It is anticipated that this major renovation and refurbishment project will be completed in the fall of 2014. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.
When official meetings are not in session, you will be able to see three newly renovated chambers listed below. You will also learn about the work and mandate of each of these main organs of the United Nations, especially in the realm of peace and security and economic and social development. In addition, your tour guide will also highlight the work of the Organization in peacekeeping and in meeting targets set by the Millennium Development Goals.
- the Security Council Chamber
- the Trusteeship Council Chamber
- the Economic and Social Council Chamber