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Things look at bit different at this session of the UN General Assembly

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put the finishing touches on his remarks to member states that he'll deliver this week. Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put the finishing touches on his remarks to member states that he’ll deliver this week in the temporary “General Assembly Hall.” Credit: UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

General Assembly Hall in in the North Lawn Building

Temporary General Assembly Hall in in the North Lawn Building. Photo Credit: UN Capital Master Plan

The 68th session of the General Assembly is now underway, but this year the delegates are not convening in the usual General Assembly Hall. 

Renovation of the General Assembly Hall

The  General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters is currently under renovation. Photo credit: UN Photo/Werner Schmidt

Since the General Assembly Building closed for renovation on 31 May 2013, plenary meetings will be held in the North Lawn Building until renovations are complete in time for the opening of the 69th session slated to begin in September 2014.

The original General Assembly Hall before its renovation. Photo credit: UN Photo

The reason for the renovation is that the original UN structures were built between 1950 and 1952. These buildings had aged considerably and clearly lacked the standards that are expected in a modern and safe building. Renovating the complex is the most cost-effective way of replacing aging and inefficient equipment, bringing the complex up to the same safety standards as other buildings in New York, and preventing future deterioration. See more answers to questions about the renovation in these FAQs on the website of the UN Capital Master Plan.

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