Palais des Nations
The League of Nations was established in 1919 following the devastation caused by the First World War. It was decided to erect a building at par with the League’s aspirations for the creation of a more stable world.

An international competition was organized in 1926. The jury of architects which was assigned the review of the 377 projects submitted could not make any final decision as to the award.

The League eventually commissioned five of the favourite architects to work together in order to develop a project better suited to its exigencies. The architects were Messrs Broggi (Italy), Flegenheimer (Switzerland), Lefèvre (France), Nénot (France) and Vago (Hungary). The initial layout included four areas: the Secretariat, the Council, the Assemblies and the Library. The building was erected between 1929 and 1938 and donations from Member States have largely contributed to its interior design.

The Second World War caused the suspension of activities at the Palais des Nations and the dissolution of the League of Nations. The United Nations officially succeeded the League of Nations following ratification of the Charter of the United Nations on 24 October 1945.

The Palais des Nations has had two extensions added to it:
In 1950-1952, when three floors were added to the K building and the D building was built, inter alia, to accommodate temporarily the staff of the World Health Organization, pending the construction of their headquarters on Avenue Appia;
In 1968-1973, with the construction of the E building, nowadays still commonly referred to as the ‘New Building´. This building, designed by a team of five architects led by Eugène Beaudoin (France), was meant to host the headquarters of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and to meet the growing need for conference facilities.

Today, the overall complex is 600 metres long, and hosts 34 conference rooms and 2,800 offices, making it the second largest United Nations centre after the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
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