Stories from the UN Archive

Dawn at UN Headquarters

Standing on the eastern shore of Manhattan Island, on the banks of New York City’s East River, the 18-acre United Nations Headquarters remains both a symbol of peace...

What Was Pope Francis' Message To

In 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis paid an historic visit to the United Nations, calling the world body, “necessary,” saying it could be improved, and maintaining...

Wole Soyinka: Human Rights are for Everyone

Nobel Literature Laureate Wole Soyinka delivered an address in 1993 to the World Conference on Human Rights as a ‘special guest’ of the UN Secretary-General....

Youth Environmentalist Calls for Action at Earth Summit in 1992

Youth activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s speech at the 1992 Earth Summit resonates today as the world grapples with our climate challenge at...

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

“Events of these last years have made the world painfully aware that the Palestinian people and the recognition and implementation of their rights are the key to any...

Gloria Steinem: The link between women's rights and peace

Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem denounces violence against women in a speech at UN Headquarters.

Audrey Hepburn: Hollywood Icon and Child Rights Activist

Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn was a tireless advocate for children’s rights.

What was the first-ever case at the World Court?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rose from the ashes of the Second World War with the founding of the United Nations.

Fidel Castro's Epic 1960 UN Speech

General Assembly requests that delegates limit their addresses to 15 minutes. On 26 September 1960, Fidel Castro of Cuba remained on the rostrum...

Founding of the United Nations 1945

In the summer of 1945, leaders from 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to agree upon an international treaty to enshrine the equal rights of all people and...

Jane Goodall: Messenger of Peace

Primatologist and environmentalist Jane Goodall was designated a UN Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 10 April 2002.

A Mideast Mediator's Murder in Palestine 1948

On 17th September, 1948, Count Folke Bernadotte, a United Nations Mediator for Palestine, was murdered in Jerusalem by a Zionist militant organization.

Did Khrushchev bang his shoe at the UN?

Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev was rumoured to have banged his shoe on his delegation’s desk during a UN General Assembly meeting on 12 October 1960.

1st Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

In 1953, the United Nations elected India’s Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit as the 8th President of the General Assembly, the first woman elected to the role.

First Session of UN General Assembly - 10 January 1946

convened the First Session of the General Assembly on 10 January 1946 in London, England.

History’s Biggest Moments From the UN Archive

Stories from the UN Archive gives viewers a front-row seat on what it was like to see and hear the iconic moments that shaped our common destiny.