the Brussels World's Fair was held in the Belgian capital from 17 April to
months more than 42 million visitors from all over the world visited the 2 kmē
site on the Heysel plateau, seven kilometres northwest of
For the first time the United Nations participated in a world fair. The UN pavilion was situated together with those of other international organizations around the World Co-operation Square.
The UN pavilion was a blue dome made of concrete designed
by the Belgian architect Paul-Amaury Michel. In the dome six arches symbolized
the six continents (the
Under the sphere all the UN Member States were brought together. Several UN organizations presented themselves: ITU, ICAO, UPU, WMO, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, IMF, GATT, ILO, UNESCO, WHO, UNICEF. On the ceiling of the central hall was a symbolic representation of the solar system.
Among the presentations in the UN pavilion was a hydroelectric dam, a cloud atlas used for weather predictions and a presentation on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Also it had a copy of the UN Charter, a bookshop and projection room
of special stamps was issued by the Belgian Post. It was sold as a complete
series of sixteen stamps to collectors at Expo 58, the philatelic service in
The United Nations issued a special brochure with photos of presentations within the pavilion. In a special message in the brochure, Henri Fast, Commissioner General for the United Nations and Specialized Agencies Section wrote: "It is only in an atmosphere of peaceful relations among the peoples and nations of the world that the ideas of the United Nations Charter can be fulfilled. International co-operation can establish that climate which is indispensable if mankind is to achieve the goals of moral and material wellbeing which now lie within its grasp.
By illustrating this theme in the building of the United Nations family at the Brussels Exhibition, we hope to have made our contribution to the presentation of the hopes entertained by the peoples of the world."