UN Headquarters from the East River
The United Nations Headquarters is located between 42nd and 48th Street on the East Side of New York. This glass-fronted building dominates the skyline of New York and is one of the most popular destinations of tourists in the city.
The signing of the charter by President Truman
On this day in 1945, the United Nations was born when the UN charter took effect after being ratified by the five permanent members of the Security Council (United States, Great Britain, France, Soviet Union and the Republic of China) and a majority of the other 46 members.
Member States of the United Nations