- Thursday 23rd 2023
Opening – House of UN
On Thursday 23rd November 2023 in Diamniadio, Senegal, President Macky Sall inaugurated the new UN headquarters alongside Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, His Excellency Mr Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and other officials.
United Nations House brings together the 34 agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations system already present in Senegal in an iconic 60,000 m2 building.
The aim of this emblematic building is to illustrate the unity of the agencies, but also their independence and their influence on a national and regional scale. Eco-responsible and sustainable, the project takes the form of a water wheel, symbolising the influence of the institution on the territory and the convergence of know-how. This large circular volume unfurls seven wings of equal size, opening onto the city and organising a central space designed as a unifying void housing the official functions as well as a vast agora.
Like its programme, the construction of the United Nations House has a strong international dimension. The result of a public-private partnership between the State of Senegal, which is heavily involved in the project, and Envol Partenariats SN, the building is the culmination of the collective work of Senegalese, Chinese, Turkish, Spanish and French design offices, contractors and architects, all working together for the benefit of future international users.