The UN's Bronx Roots

June 30, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Lehman College

Before its headquarters was built on the banks of the East River in midtown, the Security Council of the United Nations held its first formal meetings on American soil in a gymnasium at Hunter College’s Bronx campus, now Lehman College. The college’s namesake, New York Governor Herbert H. Lehman, who had worked for the U.N. as Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, selected the site as for the council’s first gathering in March 1946. As part of the college’s 40th anniversary, President Ricardo R. Fernandez welcomes Sir Brian Urquhart, former U.N. Undersecretary-General for Special Political Affairs, and Margaret K. Bruce, founding member of the U.N. Secretariat, in a celebration entitled, “The United Nations at Lehman College: A Homecoming,” in a talk about those early days, its present and future.
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