Located along the East River in Midtown Manhattan, sits the headquarters of the United Nations. After World War II, the United Nations was formed by the world’s leading nations as a way to preserve peace. Although it started with only 53 member states, the intergovernmental organization now includes virtually all world nations. The headquarters itself, built in 1952, is a massive complex and contains the seats of the UN General Assembly and Security Council. Although the United Nations makes its presence known in countries all around the world—it is in New York City that the heart of the organization is housed. Despite its US location, the ground the complex occupies technically doesn’t belong to the US Government. Instead, it belongs to the United Nations itself.
The complex consists of several major buildings. The Secretariat Building, an impressive 505 foot tall skyscraper, makes up the centerpiece of the complex. Adjacent to it, the General Assembly Building features the headquarters’ largest room—General Assembly Hall. It is here that the over one hundred delegates of the General Assembly gather during meetings. In between those two buildings sits the Conference Building, which holds the Security Council Chamber. Finally, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, which houses an enormous collection of books and papers, stands next to the Secretariat Building.