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 UN conferences from 1945 to 1989

Place is crucial for international organizations. But we often focus on headquarters or on single conferences. In this project, we mapped all the conferences listed in the available UN Yearbooks from 1945 to 1989 (over 6,500 entries) to understand the distribution of UN conferences over time. The introductory essay to this section explains the methodology and sources. We provide videos documenting conference locations to provide a visual sense of how the UN’s operations changed (and did not change) over time. We also supply visualizations in Tableau to enable users to explore the data. Finally, we provide the Excel spreadsheets of the data to enable anyone to use this material. We hope that this section will provide useful teaching materials and inspiration for further research.

The section was created by Jordan Kantypowicz who is an arts undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Russian language and literature. This section was edited by Dr. Heidi Tworek, Associate Professor of International History and Public Policy, UBC. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Public History Initiative from the History Department and the Arts Undergraduate Research Award from the Faculty of Arts at UBC.