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“UN Offices at Nairobi-Gigiri (UNON)”

United Nations Visitor's Service
Ranked #17 of 130 things to do in Nairobi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) located in the leafy suburb of Gigiri, Nairobi, is one of the four United Nations Headquarters and the only one in Africa and the Global South. The United Nations Visitors’ Service was established on 9 January 2012, following General Assembly’s resolutions, which requested the Secretary-General to organize a guided tour operation at UNON.The Visitors’ Service’s main goal is to inform visitors about the work of the United Nations and its agencies by opening up the United Nations Complex to the public.We hope visitors will return home with a positive impression of the United Nations and its work in building peace and sustainable development.The Visitors’ Service provides guided tours to tourists, delegates, schools, colleges and universities as well as the general public. Children 5 years old and above are especially welcome.Days and Hours of Operation: Tuesdays to Thursdays: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.Reservations: Minimum of 5 people per group.Briefing Programmes: Special briefing programmes for groups could be arranged according to their areas of interest. Groups are briefed by members of the UN Speakers Bureau-Nairobi.Languages: Tours are conducted in English, and are available in French, German and Swahili upon request.What to See on the ToursBeautiful, lush, green landscape property unique among UN offices to UNON, populated with an amazing variety of plant and animal species;The UN Conference facilities and the "Green Building,” the UN’s greenest building in Africa;A Memorial Garden in honour of the victims of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Dar-es-Salaam and Nairobi;Special trees planted by representatives of Security Council Members in 2004, dignitaries, royalty and celebrities.Dozens of gifts and artworks presented to the United Nations by Member States, including paintings, sculptures and murals.Gigiri Nature Trail to view birds and different indigenous trees and plants (optional for an additional fee).
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed November 22, 2013

It was a very good experience to join the tour of UNON The guide was kind, understandable and informative. Particularly I was impressed by the 'Green Building' built for the office of United Nations Environmental Programme - it was surely environmentally friendly. Hoping to visit there again.

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Nairobi_UN, Public Relations Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Dear Yashnara thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you had an enjoyable tour! Feel free to make another booking via email (un.tours@unon.org) or via phone (+254207622043) when you visit Kenya the next time! #karibUNi tena (Welcome again!) As you live in Vienna, we suggest you also visit our colleagues from the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV): http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g190454-d195258-Reviews-United_Nations_Complex-Vienna.html

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I took a group of four students from Voi schools, Kenya. This trip was sponsored by Dr. Mlynar the Slovak ambassador to Kenya. The staff at the information center were very helpful. The lady guide, Rebecca was excellent and speaks fluent English and ever cheerful. The students were really inspired. Thank you very much

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Nairobi_UN, Public Relations Manager at United Nations Visitor's Service, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2014

Dear David, thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you had an enjoyable tour! Feel free to make another booking via email (un.tours@unon.org) or via phone (+254207622043) when you visit Nairobi the next time! #karibUNi tena

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