UN celebrates 60 years of guided tours at Headquarters

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Guided tours

The United Nations on Thursday celebrates 60 years of guided tours at its headquarters in New York.

More than 40 million visitors have come to the United Nations where a multinational, multilingual team of guides introduces them to the work of the Organization.

The Chief of Visitors Services, Elisabeth Waechter, says the tours have changed over the years from focusing on the building, the rooms and the chambers.

"Over the past maybe 10 years or so, the focus has been much more on the actual substance of the work of the United Nations. So we talk a lot about the work that our colleagues do in peacekeeping missions, in providing humanitarian assistance, in supporting emerging democracies, in mediating for peace. So I think that's the one big difference and the one big change that we focus more on substance, more on the work of the UN and less on just look over here to the left and look over here to the right". (Duration: 29")

To mark the special occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mrs. Ban are inaugurating a special exhibition in the General Assembly public lobby on Thursday afternoon.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1’08″

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