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The Museum for the United Nations — UN Live

The UN takes on the world’s most difficult challenges. Peace building, humanitarian emergencies, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals together comprise a profound global effort that affects everyone on Earth.

This work needs all of us in order to succeed. But the issues often seem so large, complex, and overwhelming that ordinary people—and even many businesses, governments and civil society organizations—can find it difficult to imagine how they fit in and what they can do to help.

If we are to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world we must find new ways to help everyone, especially youth, relate to the work and values of the United Nations and inspire people to come together to take positive action in their own lives and communities.

Our mission is to connect people everywhere to the work and values of the United Nations and catalyze global effort towards achieving its goals.

Building a visionary global museum

UN Live is born from our deep commitment to the work and values of the UN and from our conviction that the fundamental human desire for culture, education, and empathy— brought together and amplified with a visionary global museum—can help reach and inspire a new generation of global citizens.

As a modern museum on three platforms, UN Live can bring together an almost limitless variety of content and experiences. We imagine UN Live as a center of learning and civic life—a multi-faceted global destination that attracts, educates, and inspires millions of people a year in every corner of the world by,

  • embracing a learning model that emphasizes experiential learning, collaboration, and play
  • focusing on increasing the creative and problem-solving capacity of communities around the world
  • viewing our audience as partners and collaborators — true stakeholders in the creation of the museum and its content and outcomes

In this way, we hope to create a vibrant and enduring institution, foster a new world of connected global citizens, and strengthen the bond between the UN and the people it was founded to serve.

The United Nations granted official recognition to UN Live on UN Day, 2016. See our announcement here.

The three platforms of UN Live

UN Live Online will be the museum’s global platform — a vibrant marketplace of ideas and inspiration that will foster engagement through dialogue, collaboration, and play. Innovation competitions, social media, and curated content will be woven together with real-world activities, games, and meet-ups to encourage people everywhere to work together on global challenges.

UN Live Network will be a worldwide consortium of local and global institutions including museums, cultural venues, educational institutions, government, civil society, and UN agencies.

Network partners will collaborate across the UN Live network to produce and disseminate content, create programs and exhibitions, and connect with people in their homes and communities.

UN Live Building will house the world-class museum and administrative headquarters for UN Live, but it will also be an unconventional creative space, gathering place, laboratory, and a civic classroom that invites the public to learn with their minds and their senses — not just as spectators, but as full participants in the life of the museum and the work of 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

Quote provided as High Commissioner for Refugees

“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 United 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

“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.

“Our democracy model is under threat, because we have moved into a post-factual society, where evidence is given the same weight as lies that are amplified on social media. Citizens are dependent on transparency, facts and reliable resources for our democracy to work. UN Live strives to be a science and fact-based convener in this new paradigm and to foster conversations that can lead to positive change.


Jimmy Maymann, Chair of UN Live Online, Former CEO of Huffington Post



Charlotte Flindt Pedersen

Danish Foreign Policy Society


Charlotte is a human rights and development professional and is currently CEO of the Danish Foreign Policy Society.


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Gunvor Kronman



Gunvor is an expert in managing organizations and leadership and is currently CEO of the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen.


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Jakob Simonsen

Consultant and Mentor


Jakob is both a development practitioner and academic and, after 32 years’ service with UNDP, now applies these skills as a consultant and mentor.


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Jan Mattsson (Chair)

Museum for the United Nations


Jan is a co-founder of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live. He was the founding Executive Director and is the current board Chair.


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Julia Goldin

Julia Goldin

Global Chief Marketing Officer,
LEGO Group


Julia is a marketing professional, and currently serves as LEGO Group’s Global Chief Marketing Officer.


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Kathleen Cravero

Kathleen Cravero

Professor of Practice,
University of Bridgeport


Kathleen is an international development and philanthropy specialist and is currently a Professor of Practice and an independent consultant.


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Mizinga Melu

Managing Director,
Barclays Bank Zambia


Mizinga is leader in the banking industry with experience across Africa and is currently Managing Director for Barclays Bank Zambia.


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Steen Andersen

Executive Director,
UNICEF, Denmark


Steen is a management and communication professional, and currently serves as Executive Director of UNICEF Denmark.


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Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-


Ban Ki-moon served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016. He is the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live’s Founding Patron.


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Ahmad Alhendawi

Ahmad Alhendawi

Secretary-General, World
Organization of Scout Movement

Ahmad Alhendawi is a world-class community builder who currently leads the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.



Darren Walker

Ford Foundation


Darren Walker is one of the philanthropy world’s most visionary thinkers. Since 2013, Walker has been President of Ford Foundation.


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Chmba (Ellen Chilemba)

Founder, Tiwale


Chmba (Ellen Chilemba) is a social entrepreneur with extraordinary vision for gender imbalances.


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Ilwad Elman

Director of Programs & Development,
Elman Peace HRC

Ilwad Elman is a leading expert in peacebuilding, who has pioneered a gender-focus in the field in Somalia.


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Jesper Nygård



Jesper Nygård is a forward-thinking philanthropic leader and the current CEO of Realdania.


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Ricardo Piquet

Museum of Tomorrow


Ricardo Piquet is a visionary museum director who consistently pushes the boundaries of what cultural institutions can be.


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Trisha Shetty



Trisha Shetty is a social activist and lawyer, known for her electric speeches and fearless advocacy for gender equality.


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To date, the UN Live concept has been developed through a collaborative effort by hundreds of people and organizations from around the world. The group of contributors represents diverse fields spanning from digital to art to social science to civil society organizations to UN agencies.


We are grateful for all the care, curiosity and excitement that people share and bring to the project. The group of content contributors include, but are not restricted to, the following:

Online Committee (2017-)

  • Jimmy Maymann (Chair), UN Live Online and former CEO of Huffington Post
  • Piers Bradford, Managing Director of Project Everyone
  • Samir Patel, Managing Director of Blue State Digital
  • Ajaz Ahmed, Founder and CEO of AKQA
  • David Helgason, Founder of Unity
  • Shoham Arad, Deputy Director of TED Fellows
  • Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp

Stakeholder and Legal Committee (2016-)

  • Jan Mattsson (Chair), Museum for the United Nations – UN Live
  • Afsane Bassir-Pour, UNRIC
  • Camilla Brückner, UNDP Nordic
  • Bonian Golmohammadi, WFUNA
  • Martin Hermann, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
  • Olav Kjørven, UNICEF
  • Cyril Ritchie, Conference of NGOs

Design and Content Committee (2014-2015)

  • Olafur Eliasson (Chair), Artist
  • Eric Falt, UNESCO
  • Solange Farkas, Associação Cultural Videobrasil
  • Berhanu Ashagrie Deribew, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Ababa
  • Yuko Hasegawa, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • Frédérique Jamolli, The Olympic Museum
  • Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, 23, Podio
  • Michael Møller, UN Office, Geneva
  • Elvira Dyangani Ose, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Pireeni Sundaralingam, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Poul Erik Tøjner, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
  • Elke U. Weber, Columbia University

Building Committee (2017-)

  • Lars Nittve (Chair), Tate Modern and M+
  • Michael Edson, Museum for the United Nations – UN Live
  • Anna Engberg-Pedersen, Studio Olafur Eliasson
  • Rasmus Nørgaard, NREP
  • Pelle Bournonville, Realdania
  • Lars Autrup, Arkitektforeningen

The development of the UN Live initiative is made possible through the generous financial support and pro-bono work from the below foundations, companies and individual sponsors. UN Live is deeply thankful for their catalytical contributions.


  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Bikubenfonden
  • Det Obelske Familiefond
  • Dreyers Fond
  • Hempel Fonden
  • Hermod Lannungs Fond
  • Nordeafonden
  • Rambøll Foundation
  • Realdania

Companies and Organizations

  • AKQA
  • Dalberg
  • Danida
  • Designit
  • Horten
  • Magnetix linked by Isobar
  • Nordic Development Corporation
  • NREP
  • PwC


  • Alexander Aghassipour, CPO and Founder, Zendesk
  • Anders Eldrup, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
  • Annemette Færch
  • Henrik Lind, Danske Commodities
  • Jeppe Laurids Hedaa, CEO, 7N
  • Mikkel Bülow-Lehnsby, Partner and Co-founder, NREP
  • Preben Damgaard, CEO, Damgaard Company A/S
  • Rasmus Nørgaard, Partner and Co-founder, NREP
  • Søren Vestergaard Poulsen, Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners
  • Torben Wind, Entrepreneur

About us

The Association for a UN Live Museum has been established in Denmark to create the UN Live Museum.

The Board of the Association consists of,

Jan Mattsson (Chair),
Charlotte Flindt Pedersen, Danish Foreign Policy Society
Gunvor Kronman, Haneholmen
Jakob Simonsen, Former UNDP
Julia Goldin, LEGO Group
Kathleen Cravero, University of Bridgeport
Mizinga Melu, Barclays Bank Zambia
Steen Andersen, UNICEF Denmark

The museum’s platform are being created under the aegis of steering committees of highly experienced members that inspire and guide their development. The committee chairs are,

Lars Nittve, chair of UN Live Building
Jimmy Maymann, chair of UN Live Online

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

Molly Fannon (CEO)
Henrik Skovby
Emil Rostgaard Schelde
Henriette Divert-Hendricks
Jesper Lindhardt
Michael Edson
Anders Kjøller-Hansen
Nikolaj Møller
Mark Dencker
Danielle Wellings
Joshua Ogden

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We are hiring

The Museum for the United Nations – UN Live is hiring four new positions to form a curatorial team who will be responsible for mobilising millions, if not billions, of people towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Click on the position descriptions below to read more.

We are now closed for applications. Should you have any inquiries, please send an email to people@unlivemuseum.org


Anders Kjøller-Hansen
+45 2053 5532

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

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. Kofi Annan by Even Schneider