Tour of the United Nations
You'll learn about:
- The history of the founding of the United Nations
- The historic decisions that led to the siting of the United Nations Building
- How urban planning has a role in the mission of the United Nations
- How the United Nations operates and receive a behind-the-scenes look at the U.N. at work
This tour of the U.N. headquarters building will be a unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s most recognized and iconic buildings. The standard U.N. tour allows visitors to see the newly renovated General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in the renovated Conference Building. Visitors will also learn about how the United Nations addresses issues such as disarmament, peace and security, human rights, and the Millennium Development Goals.
Confirmed SpeakerMarc J. Lewis-DeGrace, AICP Urban Planner Marc is an urban planner with over 20 years of experience of professional experience in financial services, economic consulting, international development and urban planning. Marc has worked in the public sector and private sector for multiple organizations, both domestically and internationally. Marc is most passionate about using urban planning to assist urbanizing cities in the developing world to better plan their futures. He is currently working for the US Department of Transportation, he is sharing US urban planning techniques and practices with international partners. This process involves sharing urban planning history and how proper planning involves a variety of disciplines and the importance of a comprehensive plan. Prior to joining the US government, he spent several years working in local government planning. He specialized in transportation planning in metropolitan Washington, DC. His responsibilities included development review and writing comprehensive plans. He spent several years working for the George Soros Foundation in West Africa. Based in Dakar, Senegal Marc studied future demographic trends in the 30 largest cities in West Africa and what their urban planning ramifications. Prior to studying Urban Planning, Marc worked for several firms in economic consulting. He spent several years advising his client base on macroeconomic trends including sovereign debt, balance of payments, foreign exchange fluctuation and central bank forecasting. Marc holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University in International Relations. He is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife.