An ongoing exhibition by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes at the Queens Museum, “The People’s United Nations” (pUN), highlights UN themes, inspired by the fact that from 1946-1950 the UN General Assembly convened in the building that later became the Queens Museum.
At a special event in late November, Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communication and Public Information, unveiled a plaque to commemorate this historic site. The plaque reads:
On this site, from 1946 to 1950, The United Nations General Assembly convened.
“The meetings of the General Assembly that took place in Flushing Meadows hold a special significance in the history of the United Nations. These were the first days of our Organization, and a time when many groundbreaking decisions were being taken at the General Assembly,” said Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal. “This was also an era when we were putting down some of our first roots in New York City – embracing Queens before we made the move across the East River to Midtown Manhattan. It’s a reminder that the UN is connected to its host city in so many ways, and has been for decades.”
In addition to the plaque ceremony, New York residents from over 160 member and observer states gathered to use theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor to playfully engage in global issues.
Mr. Reyes also presented Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal with a petition from the People’s United Nations General Assembly which calls for small arms disarmament on a global scale.
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The exhibition is open now until 30 March 2014 Wednesday through Sunday 12-6 pm. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, with members of Urban Bush Women who facilitated activities for the delegates. Photo: Scott Rudd