Contrary to what most New Yorkers say, the United Nations was not created to torture us with gridlock every time they hold a General Assembly. It was in fact founded after the end of World War II by the victorious allied powers to help maintain world peace and prevent future wars.
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council are the five main victors of World War II or their successors: People's Republic of China (which replaced the Republic of China), France, Russia (which replaced the Soviet Union), the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Headquarters of the United Nations is located along the East River in New York City, on 1st Avenue between 45th and 46th Street.
This 18-acre site belongs to the Organization's 193 Member States. Designed by an international team of 11 architects, led by Wallace K. Harrison from the U.S, the UN complex is an international zone belonging to all Member States. The UN is like its own little city within a city, with its own security force, fire department and postal administration.
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