United Nations Plaza, San Francisco

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Market St. At the Civic Center 1- (800) 473-8103

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    United Nations Plaza

    by atufft Updated Mar 2, 2008

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    Given that New York has hosted the United Nations for so many years, many don't realize that this organization of nations devoted to world peace actually was chartered in San Francisco in 1945. According to wikipedia, in spring of 1945, the United Nations had its first conference there at the War Memorial Opera House. The UN Charter was later drafted and signed in the Herbst Theatre next door. Six years later in 1951, the Treaty of San Francisco was drafted and signed here and in the Herbst Theater. Today, the UN plaza, a treelined plaza between Market and Hyde Streets, is a memorial to this SF heritage. The UN plaza itself is one of two large plazas which are part of the San Francisco Civic Center area, the other being the Civic Center Plaza directly in front of the City Hall building. The UN Plaza was redeveloped beginning in 1975 when Market Street was reconstructed to run BART and MUNI underground, and the antique F-line trolley on the surface street. In 1995, during the 50 anniversary of the UN, Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali redicated the plaza memorial. The UN Plaza is frequently used for a marketplace of international crafts. Near Market street, begin at the fountain and continue along the Walk of Great Ideas, which includes in brass and granite paving stones the UN Charter preamble, a list of member nations, preamble for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many famous quotes, and other interesting tributes to peace in the modern world. The link for more details about this plaza.

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