We had to show up 30 minutes prior to the start of the tour to go through security. After that, we were given stickers that seemed to be color coded by scheduled tour time, and we waited in an enclosed space for our guide. Our tour group was quite international. There were other Americans from different states, people from Germany, and people from Nepal. Our guide was from Japan.
We had to walk a little outside first, which gave us a chance to admire a couple of statues.
When we went inside, one of the first things we saw was a series of Persian carpet portraits of all the secretaries general! The most recent three are pictured below. I was amazed by the detail.
We were unable to see the General Assembly, as it was under renovation when we took the tour. However, we did get to see the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, and the Security Council. The Economic and Social Council was first. The guide told us that the partially finished ceiling symbolizes the ongoing nature of development.
|Economic and Social Council|
The next stop was the Trusteeship Council. Its original purpose was to help states that were under colonial rule transition into independence. Our guide told us that while the hall was not being used for those purposes today, it was being used for General Assembly meetings while the General Assembly Hall was being renovated.
|Close-up of Security Council tapestry|
|My favorite language!|
|Cans fused together during bombing of Hiroshima.|
|Portion of the UN declaration on human rights|
|Model of the UN|
|Outside, where the flags fly in better weather|