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VISION: To make UN values felt and relevant to the everyday lives of people around the world.


MISSION: To welcome people, especially youth, to be part of the UN, to offer them opportunities to learn, share, and act – and to be the change they want.


INTRODUCTION: UN Live is a new global museum for learning and dialogue in an interconnected world. It will invite people to participate on three mutually enforcing platforms: UN Live Online, the UN Live Network and the UN Live Building. Whether virtually, for the majority, or in physical locations, all three platforms offer people to join the UN Live community and the opportunity to learn, share and act in line with UN values.


Innovative cultural approaches and the latest trends in digital social networks and online games will help make UN Live a meaningful and fun place for its participants; to engage both emotionally and intellectually. The goal is to connect millions of people around the UN pillars of peace and security, de­velopment and humanitarian affairs; and within these areas specific topics of common global as well as local importance. UN Live will focus on par­ticipatory practice, while retaining the facilitating and convening abilities of a content-producer – the traditional role of museums.


The full Pre-Feasibility Report for the proposed UN Live Museum can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.


The three platforms of UN Live

UN Live Network: The UN Live Network will constitute the global, physical presence of UN Live. This includes thousands of small-scale, standalone units, and collaboration with existing institutions around the world. Elements will include:


A global network with partners such as UN Visitors Centres, existing or new museums, universities, and others to join over time.


Shipping containers stocked with media tools for two-way communication and “pop-up museums” in locations such as city centres, slums, crisis areas and refugee camps.


Interactive screens placed in public places such as libraries, schools, or shopping malls around the world.


The video below is from the UN Live Content and Design Committee workshop at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, in March 2015, demonstrating some of the initial thoughts of UN Live.

UN Live Online: UN Live Online will be the main entry point to the UN Live universe. With a worldwide, digital presence it will be a new platform for exploring humanity and universal issues, and an invitation to help build the UN of the future.


UN Live Online will grant access for anyone from anywhere. The site will ultimately target the entire world pop­ulation with internet access, currently more than three billion people and growing rapidly.


UN Live Building: The UN Live Building will be the main physical presence and face of UN Live. It will be a landmark building, and an iconic, sustainable structure that reflects UN values. It will be a museum, a content production centre, and the headquarters of UN Live.


While no city offers a perfect site for a global museum, the Pre-Feasibility Report makes the case for a UN Live Building in Co­penhagen: “UN Live Copenhagen”. A similar feasibility study could alterna­tively focus on other cities, which like Copenhagen, have a strong bond to the UN.


“I deeply believe we must find new and creative ways of engaging citizens in the United Nations mission, promoting the core values of human dignity, respect for human rights and international solidarity. At a time when there are more than 60 million refugees, asylumseekers and internally displaced persons worldwide as a result of conflict and persecution, tolerance, respect for diversity and solidarity with those in need are the strongest tools we have to face the challenges ahead. The UN Live Museum is an important step forward in our efforts to educate and engage.”


António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

“I am pleased to authorize the museum to use the name and acronym of the United Nations in the form, “Museum for the United Nations – UN Live”. I am confident that the museum, which you unveiled to the public on United Nations Day, will engage audiences worldwide about our Organization and what we are trying to do each day to build a better world for all.

The United Nations welcomes the support that your museum will provide to our communications efforts and looks forward to working closely with the museum to that end. 

Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

“The Untied Nations belongs to the people of the world.  It is our collective tool for peace and progress for all, and it is our shared responsibility to put it to the best possible use. UN Live has the potential to offer a platform for all of us, particularly our youth, to connect with the United Nations and engage on the issues that matter to us.  With UN Live, we can all engage and be part of the change we want to see.”


Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

“The United Nations has a proud history of seventy years of service to the world and it’s peoples. Today, the UN is as essential as ever for peace, development, human rights and democracy. I fully support the mission of UN Live to offer this historical perspective, and engage youth everywhere. The United Nations relies on the youth of the world to build a better world for all.”


Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

“I very much support the laudable mission of the UN Live Museum to make UN values felt and relevant to the everyday lives of people around the world. I wish UN Live success in its role to offer people, especially youth, the opportunity to learn, share and act as part of the broader UN. This kind of engagement will make a positive difference to the world and to the UN.”


Javier Pérez de Cuellar, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

“The UN Live Museum will provide a space for the whole world to engage with the ideals of the United Nations – this space is global and networked, physical and digital, embodying the cutting-edge of innovation, design and inclusion. I believe this is especially important for young women and men, for them to be inspired by and engage with the values and goals of the UN – this is why UNESCO looks forward to supporting this initiative.”


Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

“The United Nations is the greatest peace and development project of the past seventy years, and the world has undergone tremendous positive human development since its inauguration in 1945. The greatest threats to peace and prosperity relate to the challenges of economic, social, and political exclusion, in growing economic inequality, ongoing poverty, climate change, marginalisation, and lack of voice. A UN Live Museum can provide a place to strengthen global dialogue which seeks to create common ground on peace and security, human and sustainable development, and progress for current and future generations.”


Helen Clark, Administrator of United Nations Development Programme

“UN Live will engage a new generation of young people and encourage them not only to learn more about the vision and goals of the United Nations, but to see the UN’s mission of building a better world as their own – and inspire them to participate.”


Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF

“The United Nations is stronger and more effective with the support and engagement of people woldwide. That’s why UN Live is needed – to create a strong community of global citizens and involve them in making the world a better place.”


Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

“Let me just say it loud and clear: UN Live may be the most uniquely well thought through and well organized museum project I have ever encountered in my life as an international Museum Director. Doing things in the right order, building the project from inside out is essential – and UN Live is doing exactly this! So important! And so impressive!”


Lars Nittve, Former Managing Director of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark and Moderna Museet in Sweden, and Founding Managing Director of Tate Modern in UK and M+ in Hong Kong.


About us

The Association for a UN Live Museum has been established in Denmark with the purpose of developing the concept for a UN Live Museum.


The Board of the Association consists of:


Jakob Simonsen (Chair), Former UNDP

Charlotte Flindt Pedersen, Danish Foreign Policy Society

Steen Andersen, UNICEF Denmark


The Association for a UN Live Museum is serviced by the UN Live Museum Secretariat. The Secretariat consists of:


Jan Mattsson, Executive Director

Henrik Skovby, Head of Secretariat

Michael Edson, Associate Director, Head of Digital

Lars Nittve, Special Advisor

Pireeni Sundaralingam, Principal Advisor Human Potential

Jesper Lindhardt, Project Director

Emil Rostgaard Schelde, Project Manager

Anders Kjøller-Hansen, Senior Associate

Ana Carolina Villaça, Legal Advisor

Georgios Marinos, Analyst



The UN Live concept has been developed through a collaborative effort by leading global thinkers within digital development, museums and the art world, social science and from within the UN.


The initial phases of the UN Live project have been led by three committees: Content and Design, Building and Finance, and Stakeholder and Legal. The committees are supported by the UN Live Secretariat, based in the UN City in Copenhagen.


UN Live has benefited greatly from the advice and encouragement of many people from around the world. They include but are not restricted to the following:

UN Live Workshop participants
Katharina Birkenbach Facebook
George Oates Good, Form and Spectacle
David Weinberger Harvard Berkman Center
Michael Edson Smithsonian Institution
Robert Kirkpatrick UN Global Pulse
Thomas Madsen-Mygdal 23, Podio
Evan Bissell Independent
Daanish Masood UNAOC
Sarah Lumbard United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Christian Cherene BeAnotherLab
Josh Treuhaft ARUP
Doc Searls Digital Philosopher
Thomas Petersen Square
Building and Finance Committee
Betina Hagerup Danish Business Authority
Steen Andersen UNICEF Denmark
Lars Hørmann UN City
Sabin Azua B+I Strategy
Stephen Pickersgill Core Five
Simon Downing Core Five
Karol Marcinkowski NIRAS
Carsten Skjøt Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
David Camp D&J International Consulting
Stakeholder and Legal Committee
Jan Mattsson (Chair) UN Live Museum Initiative
Camilla Brückner UNDP Nordic
Martin Hermann Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Olav Kjørven UNICEF
Cyril Ritchie Conference of NGOs
Afsane Bassir-Pour UNRIC
Ravi Karkara UN Advisor on Youth and Partnerships
Bonian Golmohammadi WFUNA
Design and Content Committee
Olafur Eliasson (Chair) Artist
Eric Falt UNESCO
Poul Erik Tøjner Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa
Elvira Dyangani Ose Goldsmiths, University of London
Solange Farkas Associação Cultural Videobrasil
Yuko Hasegawa Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Michael Møller UN Office, Geneva
Pireeni Sundaralingam California Institute of Integral Studies
Thomas Madsen-Mygdal 23, Podio
Elke U. Weber Columbia University
Frédérique Jamolli The Olympic Museum

More information

On the links below you can download our three UN Live publications. A brief introduction to UN Live, the Pre-Feasibility Report and its appendices:


Brief Introduction to UN Live (pdf)


Pre-Feasibility Report (pdf)


Appendices to Pre-Feasibility Report (pdf)


The work of developing UN Live is made possible through the generous support of Bikubenfonden, Det Obelske Familiefond, Nordeafonden, Realdania, NREP, Rambøll Foundation and Danida. In addition to financial contributions, Horten, PwC, Dalberg, and Nordic Development Corporation have provided pro-bono hours for the project.

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For further information please contact:


Jan Mattsson, Executive Director
Mail: jan.mattsson@unlivemuseum.org


General Inquiries
Mail: info@unlivemuseum.org


Association for a UN Live Museum, UN City Copenhagen
Marmorvej 51. 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark 


October 24th 2016

We are proud to share our birthday with the United Nations

Today, on UN Day, we have reached an essential milestone in the creation of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live, by gaining official recognition by the UN. See our announcement here.   

Photographs: Stock photo and Meredith Hutchinson/International Rescue Committee, 2015. The International Rescue Committees “Vision Not Victim Program” enables adolescent girls to envision a positive future for themselves, and by sharing their ambitions, create change in their lives and communities.