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  • 1. We the peoples of the United Nations determined... to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and Single Form, a free-form abstraction building be adorned with an appropriate to promote social progress and better in bronze, was created by Barbara sculpture. The sculpture was unveiled standards of life in larger freedom, Hepworth (UK) after a request from Dag in June 1964, three years after Mr. Hammarskjöld. Mr. Hammarskjöld, who Hammarskjöld was killed in a plane was the second UN Secretary-General accident in Northern Rhodesia (now (1953-1961), had expressed the wish Zambia) while attempting to negotiate that the circle in front of the Secretariat peace in the Congo.
  • 2. 2 ...and for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neigh- bours, and to unite our strength to maintain interna- tional peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the com- mon interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
  • 3. ...have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims. Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an inter- national organization to be known as the United Nations. The Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations (signed on 26 June 1945 by 51 countries) Dove of Peace, presented by Pope John Paul II to the UN in 1979, is a reproduction of a mosaic executed in the Constantinian Basilica of St. Peter in the Pontificate of Innocent III (1198- 1216). The enamels used were made in 1727; the frame, made in 1796, is of gilt bronze. The work is located in the General Assembly lobby.
  • 4. The United Nations is an organization of Members. As of March 2007, 192 coun- 4 sovereign States. These States volunta- tries were UN members. rily join the UN to work for world peace, The UN is a forum, a meeting-place, for promote friendship among all nations and virtually all nations of the world. It pro- support economic and social progress. It vides them with the mechanism to help formally came into being on 24 October find solutions to disputes or problems, 1945. At that time, it had 51 countries as The UN is an international organization, not a world government This Peace Bell, cast from and to act on virtually any matter of con- coins from over 60 coun- cern to humanity. tries, was a gift of the United Though sometimes described as a “parlia- Nations Association of Japan. Inscribed on one side of the ment of nations”, the UN is neither a supra- bell, in Japanese, are the State nor a government of governments. It words, “Long live absolute does not have an army and it imposes no world peace”. It is now located taxes. It depends on the political will of in the west court garden of the its Members to have its decisions imple- Secretariat building. mented and relies on the contributions of its Members to carry out its activities. The United Nations plays a central role in reducing international tensions, prevent- ing conflicts and putting an end to fighting already under way. It deals with our envi- ronment, outer space and the sea-bed. It has helped wipe out many diseases and expand food production. It cares for and
  • 5. protects refugees, expands literacy and responds quickly to natural disasters. It also protects and promotes rights of individuals by setting a global standard for human rights. Article 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Let us beat swords into ploughshares. This statue, created by Evgeniy Vuchetich and presented to the UN as a gift by the Russian Federation, is placed in the north garden area at UN Headquarters.
  • 6. Non-violence, a sculpture of a large replica in bronze of a .45-calibre revolver with its barrel tied into a knot, was created by Swedish artist Karl Fredrik Reutersward. A gift from Luxembourg, it is located on the apron of the General Assembly Building facing First Avenue at 45th Street.
  • 7. The six main UN organs There are six main organs of the United Council, for example, holds one of its Nations — the General Assembly, the two regular annual sessions in Geneva, Security Council, the Economic and Social and special committees of the General Council, the Trusteeship Council, the Assembly have frequently held meetings International Court of Justice and the in countries around the world. Conferences Secretariat. The Court has its seat at The on topics such as population, food, the Hague, Netherlands. All other organs are environment and human rights have been based at United Nations Headquarters in held in different parts of the world. New York. While Headquarters in New York serves as the principal nerve centre of the “The United Nations is no stronger than the col- Organization, several important activities lective will of the nations that support it. Of itself are directed from offices located in cen- it can do nothing. It is a machinery through which tres around the world. Meetings of vari- nations can cooperate. It can be used and devel- ous UN bodies are often held away from oped in the light of its activities and experience. Headquarters. The Economic and Social Or it can be destroyed”. — Trygve Lie (Norway) First UN Secretary-General, 1946-1952
  • 8. The General Assembly is the main delib- being considered by the Security Council). 8 erative organ of the United Nations and In the Assembly, each nation, large or includes all its Members. It may discuss any small, has one vote and important deci- matter arising under the UN Charter and sions are taken by a two-thirds majority make recommendations to UN Members vote. (except on disputes or situations which are The Assembly meets every year from September to December. Special sessions The General Assembly may be summoned by the Assembly, at the request of the Security Council, or at the request of a majority of UN Members. The work of the General Assembly is also carried out by its six main committees, the Human Rights Council, other subsidiary bodies and the UN Secretariat. The green and gold General Assembly Hall A view of the voting board in the General This ivory sculpture, depicting the construction accommodates all 192 delegations. Each Assembly Hall. The board, located above and of the Chengtu-Kunming Railway in China, was delegation has six seats — three at the behind the speakers' rostrum, displays the results carved from eight ivory tusks weighing more than table for senior delegates and three behind of votes. Voting in the Assembly is done elec- 300 kilogrammes. A gift from China, it is now dis- them for others. All 1,898 seats of the Hall tronically. Delegates signal their country’s vote by played in the third-floor passage connecting the are equipped with earphones, allowing the pressing a button located on their table — green Conference and the General Assembly Buildings. listener to “tune in” either to the language for “yes”, red for “no” and yellow for “abstain”. being spoken on the floor or to interpreta- tions into any of the UN’s six official lan- guages — Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • 9. geographical representation for two-year 10 terms. Decisions require nine votes; except on procedural questions, a deci- sion cannot be taken if there is a negative vote by a permanent member (known as the “veto”). The Council also makes recommendations to the General Assembly The Security Council on the appointment of a new Secretary- General and on the admission of new The Security Council has primary respon- members to the UN. Many countries want sibility under the Charter for maintaining to expand the membership of the Council to peace and security. It can be convened at include new permanent and non-permanent any time, whenever peace is threatened. members. Member States are obligated to carry out its decisions. When a threat to peace is brought before the Council, it usually first asks the parties to reach agreement by peaceful means. If fighting breaks out, the Council tries to secure a ceasefire. It may then send peacekeeping missions to Stained-glass window. This work by Marc Chagall (France), depicting themes of troubled areas or call for economic sanc- peace and human happiness, is installed on the tions and embargoes to restore peace. The Security Council Chamber was furnished west side of the General Assembly Lobby. The Council has 15 members, including by Norway and designed by the Norwegian five permanent members: China, France, Arnstein Arneberg. A large mural by Per the Russian Federation, the United Krohg of Norway, symbolizing the promise of Kingdom and the United States of future peace and individual freedom, covers America. The other 10 are elected by most of the east wall. There are 164 seats for the General Assembly on the basis of the public and 118 for the press.
  • 10. The Economic and Social Council (ECO- To meet specific needs, the General 12 SOC) is the central body for coordinating Assembly has set up a number of spe- the economic and social work of the Unit- cialized agencies, such as the Food and ed Nations and the UN family of organiza- Agriculture Organization of the United tions. It has 54 member nations elected Nations (FAO), the World Health Orga- from all regions. As much as 70 per cent nization (WHO) and the UN Education- al, Scientific and Cultural Organization The Economic and Social Council (UNESCO) and programmes (such as the UN Development Programme (UNDP), of the work of the UN system is devoted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the to promoting higher standards of living, full Office of the UN High Commissioner for employment, and conditions of economic Refugees (UNHCR)). The work of these and social progress and development. The agencies and programmes is coordinated Council recommends and directs activities by ECOSOC. aimed at promoting economic growth of developing countries, supporting human rights and fostering world cooperation to fight poverty and under-development. Peace. Two murals entitled "War" and "Peace" The Economic and Social Council Chamber were presented to the United Nations by Brazil in was designed by Sven Markelius of 1957. The murals, each measuring 34 by 46 feet, Sweden and furnished by that country. were painted by the late Brazilian artist Candido PORTINARI. They are located on the east and west walls of the delegates' lobby on the ground floor in the General Assembly building.
  • 11. The Trusteeship Council was assigned The Trusteeship Council Chamber was 14 under the UN Charter to supervise the furnished by Denmark and designed administration of Trust Territories — for- by Finn Juhl, a Dane. mer colonies or dependent territories — which were placed under the International Trusteeship System. The system was cre- ated at the end of the Second World War The Trusteeship Council to promote the advancement of the inhab- itants of those dependent Territories and their progressive development towards self-government or independence. Since the creation of the Trusteeship Coun- cil, more than 70 colonial Territories, includ- ing all of the original 11 Trust Territories, have attained independence with the help of the United Nations. As a result, in 1994, the Council decided formally to suspend its operation and to meet as and when occa- sion might require. This statue of a woman with arms upraised was Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These are the words inscribed on this carved from teak by Henrick Starcke (Denmark) and mosaic representation of a painting by Norman Rockwell (USA) depicting people of different is against one wall of the Trusteeship Chamber. nationalities. It is located on the third floor near the Economic and Social Council Chamber.
  • 12. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) tional law. If a country does not wish to 16 is the UN’s main judicial organ. Presid- take part in a proceeding it does not have ing over the ICJ, or “World Court”, are 15 to do so, unless required by special treaty judges, each from a different nation, elect- provisions. Once a country accepts the ed by the General Assembly and Security Court's jurisdiction, it must comply with its Council. The Court settles legal disputes decision. between nations only and not between The seat of the International Court of Jus- individuals, in accordance with interna- tice is at The Hague in the Netherlands. The offices of the Court occupy the “Peace The International Court of Justice Palace”, which was constructed by the Carnegie Foundation, a private non-profit organization, to serve as the headquarters of the Permanent Court of International Justice, the predecessor of the present Court. The UN makes an annual contribu- tion to the Foundation for the use of the building. The Court is composed of 15 judges elected to nine-year terms of office by the United Nations After a much debated international competition General Assembly and Security Council sitting and with financial support from the Carnegie independently of each other. It may not include Foundation, French architect Louis Cordonnier’s more than one judge of any nationality. Elections design of the Peace Palace now stands in are held every three years for one-third of the The Hague, Netherlands. It has housed the seats, and retiring judges may be re-elected. The International Court of Justice and its predeces- Members of the Court do not represent their gov- sors since 1913. ernments but are independent magistrates.
  • 13. The Secretariat is made up of an interna- may also act on his own initiative to deal with 18 tional staff working at UN Headquarters in humanitarian or other problems of special New York, as well as UN offices in Geneva, importance. Vienna, Nairobi and other locations. It con- There have been only eight Secretaries- sists of departments and offices with a total General since the founding of the UN: staff of around 16,000, drawn from some 175 countries. Staff members carry out the Trygve Lie (Norway), 1946-1952; The Secretariat substantive and administrative work of the United Nations as directed by the General Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden), 1953-1961; U Thant (Burma, now Myanmar), Assembly, the Security Council and the 1961-1971; other organs. Kurt Waldheim (Austria), 1972-1981; The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary- Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (Peru), 1982-1991; General. He is appointed by the General Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Egypt), Assembly on the recommendation of 1992-1996; the Security Council for a five-year term. As the chief administrative officer of the Kofi Annan (Ghana), 1997-2006; and Organization, the Secretary-General directs Ban Ki-moon (Republic of Korea), 2007 -. its work. He is also responsible for imple- menting decisions taken by the various organs of the United Nations. The Secretary-General may bring to the attention of the Security Council any mat- ter which, in his opinion, may threaten international peace and security. He may use his “good offices” to prevent conflicts United Nations Headquarters, New York. Over or promote peaceful settlement of disputes 4,700 people drawn from all parts of the world between countries. The Secretary-General work here.
  • 14. “The UN is needed more than ever before. The world’s peoples will not be fully served unless peace, development and human rights, the three pillars of the United Nations, are advanced together with equal vigour.” — Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and chief executive officer, the Secretary-General is the repre- sentative of the United Nations ideals and the spokesman for the interests of the world’s peoples, in particular the poor and vulnerable. The current Secretary-General, and the eighth occupant of the post, is Mr. Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea, who took office on 1 January 2007.
  • 15. 20 The house where the world meets The site on which UN Headquarters is now situated was once a rundown area of slaughterhouses, light industry and a rail- road garage building. Trucks rumbled up and down First Avenue on one side, and automobiles sped along the East River Drive. Today, with the 39-story UN build- ing rising high above the ground, the view of the site has changed completely. Initially New York was not even consid- ered as the site for UN Headquarters. Offers were received from several cities in Europe and North America. There was even a suggestion made that it should be located on a ship which would sail the seas constantly, a sort of permanent cruise around the world. UN Headquarters building
  • 16. Before settling in its permanent home, the The site, 18 acres in size, is owned by the bly Building, the Library, an underground Organization led a roving existence which United Nations and is international terri- 3-story printing plant and a cafeteria. began in January 1946 when the first tory. On the site, the UN has its own fire There is also an underground garage on session of the General Assembly opened and security forces, and its own US Gov- three levels, accommodating more than in London. From there, the UN moved in ernment post office branch with a special 1,000 cars. March 1946 to Hunter College in the Bronx, provision for UN stamps. New York, and in August 1946 to the Sper- A team of 11 world-famous architects, ry Gyroscope plant at Lake Success, New headed by Wallace K. Harrison (USA), York. A few of the meetings of the Security designed the Headquarters build- Council were held at the Henry Hudson ing. Originally, the designers wanted Hotel on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan prior to to build a 45-story building at a cost of View of the site chosen for UN Headquarters, the move to Lake Success. $85 million. The cost was later cut by taken from Tudor City at 41st Street looking north On 10 December 1945, the US Congress $20 million and the size was reduced to to 48th street, October 1949. invited the United Nations to establish its 39 stories. The cornerstone of the building permanent home in the United States. The was laid on 24 October 1949. Nineteen decision to accept the invitation was made months later, on 21 August 1951, the in London on 14 February 1946 during the Secretariat staff began moving into their first session of the General Assembly. The new offices. Assembly also accepted an offer of $8.5 UN Headquarters has several inter- million by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., for the connected buildings: the Secretariat Build- purchase of the present site. Concurrently ing, the Conference Building (consisting of with the Rockefeller gift, the City of New the Council Chambers, conference rooms York offered certain land within and adja- and dining facilities), the General Assem- cent to the site.
  • 17. 22 Peace is not just a dream UN peacekeepers with their blue helmets are the most visible sym- bols of the UN’s peace efforts. In 2005, the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General Mohamed The peacekeepers, soldiers drawn ElBaradei were awarded the Nobel Peace voluntarily from various national Prize. This was the ninth time the UN was armies, fulfil the role of an impar- honoured by the Nobel Committee with the tial third party. They help create peace award. Previous winners were: UN and maintain a ceasefire and form and Kofi Annan (2001), UN Peacekeeping a buffer zone between parties in Forces (1988), UN High Commissioner conflict. Their presence helps make for Refugees (1954 & 1981), International the search for peaceful settlement Labour Organization (1969), UN Children’s of conflict through diplomatic chan- Fund (1965), Dag Hammarskjöld (1961) Seventh UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the President of nels possible. As peacekeepers and Ralph Bunche (1950). the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on 10 December 2001. maintain peace on the ground, mediators from the United Nations rity. Peacekeepers are increasingly meet with leaders from the disput- involved with assisting in political pro- ing parties or countries and try to cesses, reforming justice systems, reach a peaceful solution. training law-enforcement and police Modern-day peacekeeping is more forces, disarming former combatants than maintaining peace and secu- and clearing land mines.
  • 18. “I believe that life is precious and must be protected and respected, and that all human beings have the right to live in dignity.” — Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary-General Weapons being burned during the official launch of the disarma- ment, demobilization and rehabilitation process in Muramvya, Burundi. Members of the Burundian military signed up voluntarily to be disarmed under the auspices of UN peacekeepers and observers. UN peacekeepers assist a school in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. They deliver milk, rice, flour and tea to hundreds of students.
  • 19. Between 1945 and 2006, UN peace- Afghan refugees in Chaman 24 keepers undertook 61 field missions Camp, a Pakistani border town. and participated in the implementa- Children make up a large per- centage of the population at tion of 172 peaceful settlements several such camps. that ended regional conflicts, and enabled people in more than 45 countries to take part in free and fair elections. A total of 108 countries have contributed military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping. Peacekeeping throughout the world UN peace operations are less expensive than other forms of inter- national interventions. At the start On Information Campaign Day, of 2007, there were almost 92,200 young Sudanese children wait personnel serving in 18 UN peace- for the go-ahead to pick up keeping operations on four con- information leaflets printed in both Arabic and English as tinents in ten time zones, directly part of the Sudan Information impacting the lives of hundreds of Campaign for Returnees, facili- millions of people. The approved tated by UN agencies and non- peacekeeping budget up to June governmental organizations, 2007 was approximately $4.75 bil- at the Hey Al Baraka camp for lion, representing less than 0.5% of internally displaced persons, in global military spending. Khartoum, Sudan.
  • 20. Patrolling vehicles attached to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) get a friendly smile from Lebanese youngsters near As Siddiqin. A woman from Macamba province, Burundi, casts a ballot in the national referendum on the draft of a post-transition constitution, marking the first step in A UN peacekeeping soldier is accompanied by a group of local children as the electoral process to form a new government. he conducts a security patrol in East Timor.
  • 21. When in 1948 the United Nations adopted 26 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it set a common standard of human rights for all nations. By this Declaration, Gov- ernments are expected to accept their obligation to ensure that all human beings, Human rights for everyone rich and poor, strong and weak, male and female, of all races and religions, are treated equally. The 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has so far been ratified by 191 countries – more than any Since then, the UN has adopted numerous other international treaty. This landmark human rights international treaties on human rights, cov- treaty affirms that every child has the inherent right to ering such issues as women’s rights, racial life. It requires countries to apply its provisions to each discrimination and children’s rights. When child without discrimination of any kind. Governments become parties to these trea- ties, they accept an obligation to honour them. When violations occur, specially cre- ated treaty bodies review them and make recommendations to rectify the situation. The UN can also censure a country for not honouring its obligations under an interna- tional human rights treaty.
  • 22. Photos: UNICEF The Human Rights Council established in June 2006 is the primary global forum for dialogue and cooperation on human rights. A subsidiary of the General Assembly, it is directly accountable to the full membership of the Organization and is adminis- One in every six persons in the world is illiterate. Nearly two thirds of them are women. More than 70 per tered by the United Nations High Commissioner for cent of the world’s poor are women. They also receive lower wages — sometimes as little as one fourth Human Rights. Promoting respect for human rights is those of men. In 1979, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of increasingly central to UN development assistance. Discrimination against Women. More than 150 countries have recognized this treaty and over 100 coun- In particular, the right to development is seen as tries have reported progress towards women’s equality. part of a dynamic process which integrates civil, economic, political and social rights, and by which the well-being of individuals in a society is improved. Key to the enjoyment of the right to development is the eradication of poverty, a major UN goal.
  • 23. About 1.3 billion people in the world training and opportunities to sustain 28 now live in absolute poverty — earn- livelihoods. Lasting world peace cannot ing less than $1 a day. These people be achieved until social and economic often don’t have access to the funda- development for all is achieved. The mentals of a decent life — sufficient United Nations devotes more than 80 food, safe water, reliable health care, per cent of its resources to achieve adequate shelter, and basic education, this goal. Development is another name for peace Environmental degradation knows no At the Millennium Summit in September national boundaries. Sulphur emis- 2000, the largest gathering of world lead- sions in one country cause acid rain ers in history adopted the UN Millennium in another downwind. Depletion of the Declaration, committing their nations ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbons to a new global partnership to reduce (CFCs) used in one nation can lead to extreme poverty and setting out a series skin cancer on the opposite side of the of time-bound targets known as the world. The United Nations, by bringing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Governments together to prevent cli- mate change, air and water pollution, The MDGs are the world's targets for extinction of species and many other addressing extreme poverty in its many problems, is helping to protect the dimensions – income poverty, hunger, dis- environment. At the Earth Summit, ease, lack of adequate shelter, and exclu- the UN Conference on Environment sion – while promoting gender equality, and Development, held in Rio de education, and environmental sustainabil- Janeiro in 1992, government leaders ity. They are also goals for basic human adopted Agenda 21, a global plan for rights – the rights of each person to health, sustainable development. education, shelter and security.
  • 24. Millennium Development Goals Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day. By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education By 2015, ensure a full course of primary schooling for boys and girls alike. Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women By 2005, eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education; and at all levels of education no later than 2015. Goal 4: Reduce child mortality By 2015, reduce by two-thirds the number of children dying under the age of five. Goal 5: Improve maternal health By 2015, reduce by three quarters the number of women dying from complica- tions of pregnancy and childbirth. Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases By 2015, halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. By 2015, halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases. Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability Reverse the loss of environmental resources. By 2015, halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking-water. By 2020, achieve significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers. Safe drinking water is a basic prerequisite for healthy life, yet over 1.1 billion Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development people in developing countries do not have access to it. In December 2003, the Address the special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked coun- General Assembly proclaimed the years 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade tries and small island developing States. for Action: 'Water for Life'. The primary goal of the 'Water for Life' decade is to pro- Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries through national and international measures in order to make debt sustainable in the mote efforts to fulfill international commitments as stated in the MDGs, to reduce long term. by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and to stop In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new tech- nologies, especially information and communications technologies. unsustainable exploitation of water resources.
  • 25. 30 Come to the United Nations, it’s your world United Nations Headquarters is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York. Over a million people visit the building every year; about half of them take guided tours offered by the United Nations. You can take a guided tour of the United Nations in as many as 20 languages. Led by an international staff, the tour will take you to the main conference rooms where nations meet and discuss mat- ters of global interest. On most tours, you will be able to see the General Assembly and, if no meeting is in prog- ress, the Security Council. You will also see objects of interest and works of art donated by Member States.
  • 26. Group tours: Groups of 12 or more Parking: Nearest public parking is avail- should make reservations for their tours in able on 43rd and 44th Streets, between advance. For reservations and information, Second and Third Avenues. please write to: Guided Tour Reservations, Room GA-63, United Nations, New York, Wheelchair access: The UN building is NY 10017; or call: (212) 963-4440; or fax: accessible to the handicapped. (212) 963-0071; or email unitg@un.org. Wheelchairs are also available during guided tours. General information on guided tours Hours: English tours leave daily about Special briefings: Special briefings by Public information: For inquiries every 20 minutes, from 9:30 a.m. to UN Secretariat staff can be arranged for and information on any aspect of the 4:45 p.m. (closed weekends in January groups of 20 or more, free of charge. UN’s work, please contact the Public and February). Opening hours are Arrangements should be made in advance Inquiries Unit, Room GA-57, United subject to change. For information by writing to: Group Programmes Unit, Nations, New York, NY 10017; or call call (212) 963-TOUR (-8687) or visit: Room GA-61, United Nations, New York, (212) 963-4475; or fax (212) 963-0071. www.un.org/tours. NY 10017; or calling (212) 963-7710, E-mail: inquiries@un.org Monday through Friday. Internet: www.un.org/geninfo/faq Admissions: For current rates please contact the Guided Tours at (212) 963- Gift centre: A gift centre located in the 8687. Children under five years of age public concourse is open seven days a are not admitted on tours. week. It carries a variety of souvenirs, including UN memorabilia and gifts from around the world. For information, call (212) 963-7700. 07-26301 — DPI/1938.Rev 4 — May 2007— 15,000 Produced by the Department of Public Information, United Nations, New York, NY 10017