More Than Just Gridlock: Why the U.N. Matters

November 03, 2015 at 6:19 pm

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. Formed in the wake of the second World War, this coalition of nations strives to maintain peace, protect human rights, and reduce poverty and suffering around the world.

New York is the home of the U.N., adding to its status as the world’s city. But the yearly influx of diplomats and heads of state, and the increased security and transportation concerns that follow, cause many New Yorkers to question why the United Nations is located here.

In a recent New York Post article, New York City Commissioner for International Affairs Penny Abeywardena makes the case that the U.N. enriches our metropolis both culturally and economically, and is worth the occasional inconvenience.

In this story, she gives MetroFocus an insider’s tour of this international and uniquely New York institution.

Then, Ambassador Matthew Rycroft joins us to reflect on the mission and the current work of the United Nations. Ambassador Rycroft is the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The United Kingdom holds the presidency of the U.N. Security Council this month, at a time of military escalation in the Middle East and diplomatic tensions in the Pacific.

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MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


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