Art and Architecture at the UN
The United Nations has four major headquarters, located in New York, Geneva,
Vienna and Nairobi. Its oldest and best-known office, in New York, was constructed in 1950 by a multinational team of leading architects and is now recognized as a modernist landmark. The United Nations headquarters serve not only as administrative offices for the Organization but also as homes for the diverse collection of artwork and historic objects given to the United Nations as a gift by its Member States.

The United Nations art collection includes works of ancient and modern origin: paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and mosaics. Carefully selected and preserved by the UN Art Committee, these artworks are not only of great aesthetic value, but also envision one of the Organization's major goals embodied in the Charter of the United Nations: the promotion of the idea of the unity of humankind in all its cultural diversity.

The United Nations Photo Library ( holds a collection of approximately 800,000 photographs dating back to the mid-1940s chronicling the history of the Organization and its work. The collection includes coverage of historic UN meetings and events, as well as a wide array of field coverage from its earliest days.

The Photo Library's mission is to make its collection available to media organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, researchers and civil society at large, in order to foster public understanding of the work of the United Nations and its goals.
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