The New Yorkness of the UN

The New Yorkness of the UN

Mayor de Blasio and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in the General Assembly Hall

The City of New York is proud to host the United Nations headquarters, permanently located in New York since 1952.  The presence of the United Nations in New York City, along with several primary UN offices, agencies, funds and programs, is a testament to the City's status as a global center. In addition to the United Nations, the City hosts the Permanent Missions and Observers to the United Nations, including the diplomatic officials and staff connected to them. These entities also contribute significantly to the City's status as a cultural, political, and economic hub.

The Mayor's Office for International Affairs’ initiative The New Yorkness of the UN seeks to create new opportunities for learning between New Yorkers and the United Nations, and is an effort to fully integrate the UN community into the fabric of our City.

Below are some highlights of The New Yorkness of the UN initiative:

  • The Mayor's Office for International Affairs, in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, released the UN Impact Report 2016 that analyzes data from 2014 to quantify the economic impact of the United Nations and the UN Community on the City of New York.  This wide ranging analysis also provides clear insight to the costs incurred by the City to host the United Nations community.  While the UN plays a critical role in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges—and has value beyond that which can be quantified through an economic impact analysis—the UN Impact Report 2016 is an important reminder of the tangible benefits, including cultural and educational benefits, that the UN brings to New York City.  Most importantly, this report reaffirms why our great and diverse metropolis is the natural home for this global institution. Read more about the UN Impact Report 2016.
  • NYC Junior Ambassadors is an initiative focused on empowering 7th graders in all five boroughs of New York City to become actively engaged with the United Nations and its mission of addressing the most pressing challenges in the world. The program leverages New York City's unique position as host city to the UN headquarters and targets New York City youth at a critical time in their personal and intellectual growth, and seeks to help them understand the real connections between themselves, the City of New York, and international affairs. Through this program we are Creating Global Diplomats, Locally.
  • We are the city of United Nations is a digital campaign celebrating New York City’s history, shared values and unique relationship with the United Nations. The campaign highlights many facets of the NYC and UN relationship and highlights the shared goals and visions between the UN and NYC. It also showcases the diverse array of New York voices on what the UN in New York City means to them. We hope you enjoy learning about the strong and lasting connections between the City of New York and the UN community!
  • IDNYC pop-up registration site at the UN: The Mayor's Office for International Affairs was proud to partner with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Mayor's Office of Operations and Human Resources Administration to host a pop-up registration site for New York City's municipal ID program, IDNYC, on the UN campus.  Over the course of two weeks, more than 1,700 individuals, including the UN Secretary-General and delegates from more than 50 countries became "official" New Yorkers.


**Photo credit by order of appearance: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the General Assembly Hall, Credit: UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe; President Barack Obama in the UN General Assembly Hall, Credit: UN Photo/ Cia Pak; Boy receiving medical treatment in South Sudan, Credit: UNMISS/ JC MC IIwaine; Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Climate March, Credit: Mayoral Photography Office; Little girl at refugee reception center in Rome, Italy, Credit: UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas; Mayor Bill de Blasio in the UN General Assembly Hall, Credit: Mayoral Photography Office; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Credit: UN Photo/ Mark Garten** 

Check out this behind-the-scenes tour of the United Nations with Commissioner Abeywardena. New Yorkers can also take guided tours of the United Nations Headquarters to learn more about the work of this important institution. Learn more about visiting the UN.

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