New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Trygve Halvdan Lie
1896 - 1968
"It is the future of the whole civilized world which is at stake."
Acceptance Speech as the United Nations Secretary-General, February 2, 1946
This plaza and sculpture honor Norwegian diplomat and humanitarian Trygve Lie, first Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1946-1952. Lie’s principled leadership in the pioneer years helped establish the United Nations’ mission in promoting world peace, fundamental human rights, and international law. He was in charge of developing the growing United Nations organization and of establishing its headquarters in Manhattan.
In Norway Lie served as the secretary of the Norwegian Labor Party in the 1920s, Minister of Justice in the 1930s and during World War II as Foreign minister of the exiled Norwegian Government in London. He served as Norwegian Minister of Industry and Minister of Trade and Shipping in the 1960s.
The Peace Clock, 2015
Lina Viste Grønli
This artwork commemorates Trygve Lie’s life and legacy and connects his aspiration for peace with the ongoing work of the United Nations, located across First Avenue. The abstract kinetic sculpture
The City of New York thanks the following donors:
DNB Bank • Ford Foundation • Government of Norway • International Peace Institute Ragnar Meyer Knutsen • Nordea Bank • Nordic American Tankers Ltd Stein Erik Hagen Allmennyttige • Agnes E. Werring and Petter F. Neslein Arthur W. Zeckendorf • Guri Lie Zeckendorf • Laura and William Lie Zeckendorf
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Peace.
Location. 40° 44.931′ N, 73° 58.215′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of East 42nd Street and First Avenue/United Nations Plaza, on the left when traveling west on East 42nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Trygve Lie Plaza, New York NY 10017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bayard Rustin (within shouting distance of this marker); First Avenue Underpass (within shouting distance of this marker); Trygve Lie Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Peace Form One (about 300 feet away, The Tudor City Historic District (about 300 feet away); John Ferguson McKean (about 300 feet away); Ford Foundation Building (about 500 feet away); New York Daily News Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Trygve Lie. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Trygve Lie Plaza: Peace Clock. Official NYC Parks description (Submitted on January 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. The Story Behind the Norwegian Peace Clock in New York. Daily Scandinavian entry (Submitted on January 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.