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First UN meeting held in church building – 1946.

First UN meeting held in church building – 1946.

It is a building called Methodist Central Hall, in London’s Westminster neighborhood, owned by the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

On this day in 1946, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in the history of that international organization. Delegations from 51 UN member countries were present at the meeting. The General Assembly is the only major UN body representing all Member States ‘delegations (other bodies, such as the Security Council, consist of only a limited number of Member States’ delegations).

It is particularly interesting that this first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was not held in New York, as is custom today, but in London. On the contrary, it was held in a church building. This is a building called Methodist Central Hall, in the Westminster neighborhood of London. Methodist Central Hall is owned by the Methodist Church of Great Britain (the Methodists are a branch of Protestantism that was inspired by the teachings of John Wesley, an 18th century British theologian).

The Methodist Central Hall building is in London, just two hundred meters from Big Ben and the British Parliament building. Just across the street from the road there is the famous Westminster Abbey, the traditional crowning site of the British kings.

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