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Subjects: UNESCO history
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Report on the Construction of the New UNESCO Headquarters

(Audio recording)

Language: English

In this recording, Rex Keating of UNESCO’s Radio Division, reports on the progress of the UNESCO Headquarters building construction. The chief engineer, Marcel Breuer (United States of America), and several internationally renowned architects contributed to the design of the headquarters. Famous artists from six countries, including Pablo Picasso, were commissioned to produce works of art, and member states were asked to contribute ancient artworks and artifacts. Mr. Keating then interviews the Director General of UNESCO, Luther Evans. Their discussion covers topics including UNESCO’s outstanding achievements since the organisation’s establishment ten years prior, the functions of the second building under construction (the “Accordion”) intended for conferences, and the main issues to be addressed at the upcoming general conference held in New Dheli, India, of the same year. The Hotel Majestic in Paris was used as a temporary headquarters until the official UNESCO Headquarters finished construction in 1958.

Topics and Tags
Place/region: UNESCO HQ, Paris, France
Type: Radio programme
Production and personalities:
Participant: Luther Evans
Publisher: UNESCO Radio
Producer: Rex Keating
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Original: Reel-to-reel audio tape
Location: F-S.314
UMVS reference: STV4279

Studio TV ref.: RAD/4279
Rights holder: UNESCO
Additional info: In original interview begins at 00:09:37