Though neither the Monkey nor his photographer are affiliated with the UN or any of its agencies, the Monkey supports its mission, and he has been known in the past to have carried out some of his diplomatic work on the premises of the UN Headquarters in New York. These pictures are from that period.
The Monkey during his brief tenure as President of the UN Security Council.
The Monkey at the UN Security Council round table between sessions.
The Monkey poses in front of the UN Secretariat Building, one of the world’s most famous structures. Built from 1949 to 1950, the 39 storey tower was a showpiece of architecture’s Modern movement. Encased by white marble endcaps and its signature blue-green windows, the Secretariat Building was the first structure in New York City to utilize a glass curtain wall (i.e., smooth exterior walls composed almost entirely of glass windows, enabled by a “thin” load-bearing structure steel skeleton and reinforced concrete floors). The trend caught on quickly: New York now boasts dozens of glass-curtain-wall skyscrapers, though few compare to the original.
The Monkey poses for a portrait shortly before his address to international representatives in Meeting Hall One.
The Monkey waits for other delegates to arrive for an important meeting.
Some discussions are best settled over a drink. Here, the Monkey employs his diplomatic powers of persuasion in the UN’s North Delegates Lounge, arguably the best bar in New York City.
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