The United Nations (UN) is an international organization aimed at facilitating co-operation between the world's countries on a wide variety of topics. This travel topic covers the variety of interesting UN headquarters and sights all over the globe.
Most countries have some presence at the UN, even if they have relatively little other diplomatic presence abroad. Many UN agencies operate behind the scenes to establish global standards (such as the International Civil Aeronautics Organisation for passports or the Universal Postal Union for postal service) which affect travel and communication worldwide.
UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, maintains the UNESCO World Heritage List of more than a thousand global destinations, along with lists of creative cities and intangible cultural heritage.
phone: +1 212-963-4475address: 1st Ave at 46th St, New York City, USAThe UN HQ sits on an 18-acre site between 42nd and 48th Streets, and between First Avenue and the East River. It is noted for its gardens and outdoor sculptures. There is a charge for the tours of the General Assembly and Secretariat but you can visit the Visitor's Lobby for free (although you do have to pass through a security checkpoint). There are two levels to the lobby area which includes a gallery, a gift shop, and a bookshop. If just visiting the lobby, don't join any queues once you're in the lobby—just find your way around. There is little in the way of signs to tell you where you can go—this is the UN: well-meaning but not well organized.
phone: +41 22-917 48 96address: 14 Avenue de la Paix, Geneva, SwitzerlandIt was built to house the League of Nations. The Palais is worth visiting just to take in the magnificent Assembly Hall, in addition to the large collection of public art, the library, and the landscaped grounds. It is the second-largest UN Headquarters in the world.
phone: +43-1 26060-3328address: Vienna, AustriaThe home of many UN organisations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency. Guided tours are offered in English or German three times a day, and there's a chance you may get to observe a meeting in progress. You'll need photo identification (ie, passport) to be allowed inside.
phone: +254 20 762 3798address: United Nations Ave, Nairobi, KenyaSitting between the Karura Forest and the US Embassy, it houses international organisations such as the UN Environmental Programme, UN-HABITAT and is the basis of all UN operations in Africa. Africa's first completely carbon- and water-neutral building was opened here in 2011. Guided tours allow tourists to see the major buildings and gifts from member states and walk along a nearby nature trail, while learning about the history and work of the UN.
phone: +31 70 3024137address: Carnegieplein 2, The Hague, NetherlandsThe Peace Palace was built in 1913, to house the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which was hoped to provide a means to legally settle international disputes. World War I broke out just a year later. Today the Peace Palace also houses the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial body of the UN, which settles disputes between countries only.
address: Place de Fontenoy, Paris, FranceHeadquarters of UNESCO, the organisation which designates World Heritage sites. There is a museum on-site, and there are occasionally temporary exhibitions about international culture and heritage.
address: 93, UNpyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, South Korea 부산광역시 남구 유엔평화로 93The only official United Nations cemetery in the world, it serves to honor the memory of soldiers from 16 nations who fought and died under the UN.
United Nations Peace PlazaJust west of the Temple Lot. This memorial features a beautiful sculpture of a young girl releasing a dove to symbolize the hopes and dreams represented by the United Nations. It is billed as the only monument in the U.S. dedicated specifically to peace outside of the UN's headquarters in New York.
United Nations PlazaFarmers' Market on Wednesdays and Sundays.