Security Arrangements for the 21 April
1. Building Closure to the Public
a. The United Nations will be closed to the public as of c.o.b Tuesday 19 April 2016, through c.o.b Friday, 22 April 2016. All guided tours and construction work will be suspended during this period.
b. The premises will reopen to the public on Saturday, 23 April. Guided tours will resume a regular schedule as of Monday, 25 April 2016.
c. Staff members are encouraged to cross at 42nd Street and 1st Avenue, and access the premises via the 42nd Street staff entrance. The 47th Street entrance is reserved for media screening, and 46th Street entrance will be divided into two sections. The most southern gates are specifically designated for VIPs, and delegations, and the northern gate for other pass holders requiring screening.
2. Garage Closure
a. In order to conduct a security sweep, the garage will be closed for parking from 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. All vehicles must be removed from the garage by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 April 2016.
b. Vehicles with the appropriate garage permit will be allowed to resume parking in the garage as of 4 a.m. on Thursday 21 April 2016 subject to vehicle screening at the 48th Street entrance.
3. Closure of First Avenue
a. It is anticipated that on Thursday, 21 April and on Friday 22 April 2016, the area in front of the United Nations along First Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic, with the exception of escorted motorcades.
b. On Thursday, 21 April, delegates, staff, and representatives of non-governmental organizations, including those with disabilities requiring additional assistance may cross First Avenue at 46th Street and 1st Avenue upon the presentation of their UN grounds pass and special events passes. Delegates VIPs, Permanent Representatives, senior UN officials with gold-colored passes, and delegates bearing Protocol access passes will utilize the crossing point at 46th Street. Delegates and staff with authorized access to the United Nations premises, but who are not part of the Thematic Debate or Signature Ceremony events, should enter via 42nd Street and 1st Avenue.
4. Admission Restricted Areas of United Nations Headquarters
Staff members are reminded that access to the restricted areas within the compound will additionally require screening and the appropriate "All Area" pass that was issued for the 70th Session of the General Assembly.
5. Access routes to the UN garage
As of Thursday, 21 April through Friday 22 April travel patterns will be as follows:
(a) From 6am - 8am passenger vehicles travelling northbound on First Avenue are required to utilize the extreme right lane of the First Avenue underpass between 41st through 49th Street. Upon exiting the underpass, make a U-turn onto First Avenue (counter flow, which will be coordinated by NYPD), and then make a left turn onto 48th Street for screening at the vehicular checkpoint.
(b) From 6am - 8 am passenger vehicles travelling southbound on the FDR Drive will exit at 49th Street and FDR Drive, and proceed West in the coned left lane towards First Avenue. At First Avenue, vehicles will be required to make a sharp left turn (counter flow, will be coordinated by NYPD), and follow the extreme left lane on First Avenue to 48th Street for screening.
6. Security Checkpoints
Security Checkpoints operated by Host Country Law Enforcement will be set up in the vicinity of the United Nations. A UN Security Officer will be deployed at all checkpoints and staff members are requested to provide a UN Identification card when accessing the following locations;
42nd Street and 2nd Avenue Pedestrian
42nd Street and 1st Avenue Pedestrian
44th Street and 2nd Avenue Pedestrian
45th Street and 2nd Avenue Pedestrian
46th Street and 2nd Avenue Vehicle and Pedestrian
46th Street and 1st Avenue Pedestrian
47th Street and 1st Avenue VIP path
48th Street and 1st Avenue Vehicle and Pedestrian
7. Pass and ID Office Operating Hours
Main Pass Office - FF Building UNITAR Building Operating Hours
Sunday 17 April 10am - 6pm Closed
Monday 18 April 9am - 4pm Closed
Tuesday 19 April 9am - 4pm Closed
Wednesday 20 April 9am - 6pm 9am - 6pm
Thursday 21 April 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm
Friday 22 April 8am - 4pm 8am - 4pm
For inquiries or additional information please contact the 24/7 Security Operations Centre at (212) 963-6666