A new global museum
The Museum for the United Nations - UN Live is a new independent institution connecting people everywhere to the work and values of the United Nations. Our mission is to dramatically increase the number of people who help achieve the goals of the UN, and we hope to move a billion people to action by 2030.
In 2019 we launched our public programming with an experimental initiative – My Mark: My City. Taking place across 18 countries and in partnership with many local organisations, it explored how young people can fight climate change by making sustainable transformations in their own cities and communities. You can see more of the activities that took place here.
In 2020, with Coronavirus illustrating just how intimately we are connected – to each other, and to the health of the natural world – we are launching a multi-year programme on action and awareness for biodiversity. Working in partnership across film, sport, food, music, and beyond, this global initiative stands upon our growing belief that by working with and through culture, we can harness the passions and interests of people where they live to drive change.
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The idea for a new global museum as an unconventional and innovative tool to mobilise millions originated in 2014.
In 2016, UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban-Ki Moon formally endorsed the museum and authorised it to use the name: The Museum for the United Nations - UN Live.
Since then, a growing team has been working to develop and incubate the concept, to define the impact we aim for, to plan our experience centre and pilot programmes, and to work out how our vision would be brought to life.
The Museum for the United Nations - UN Live is an independent not-for-profit NGO registered in Copenhagen, Denmark. We are close to, but not part of the United Nations. We are privately funded with additional support from the Danish government and the city of Copenhagen, as part of a growing consortium of backers.
The museum is led by Molly Fannon, who joined as CEO in 2019.
Molly’s international career has spanned global development work, strategy in the cultural sector, fundraising and academia. Most recently, as Director of the Smithsonian’s Office of International Relations and Global Program, she oversaw global partnership work across the work of the entire Institution, uniting the sciences, art, culture, and education.
Three committees have helped drive our development. They have been led by: Lars Nittve (Chair, Building Committee), Jimmy Maymann (Chair, Online Committee) and Olafur Eliasson (Chair, Design and Content Committee).
Our Global Leadership Council is a group of inspirational leaders in sustainable development drawn from diverse regions and backgrounds. They provide support and guidance to the Museum and its activities.
Former UN Secretary- General
Secretary-General, World Organization of Scout
President, Ford Foundation
Director of Programs & Development, Elman Peace HRC
President, Museum of Tomorrow
Our Board of Directors support our executive leadership and steer the Museum’s strategic direction and compliance.
Jan Mattsson (Chair)Co-Founder, Museum for the United Nations - UN Live
Gunvor KronmanCEO, Hanaholmen
Jakob SimonsenConsultant and Mentor
Charlotte Flindt PedersenCEO of the Danish Foreign Policy Society
Julia GoldinGlobal Chief Marketing Officer, LEGO
Kathleen CraveroProfessor of Practice at the University of Bridgeport
Mizinga MeluManaging Director for Barclays Bank Zambia
Museum for the United Nations - UN Live is being made possible thanks to an extraordinary collaborative effort from hundreds of people and organisations from all disciplines and every corner of the world. We are hugely grateful for all the care, curiosity and excitement that people share and bring to the project.
Dedicated thanks go to:
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Det Obelske Familiefond
- Dreyers Fond
- Hempel Fonden
- Hermod Lannungs Fond
- Rambøll Foundation
- Nordic Development Cooperation
- Alexander Aghassipour, Zendesk
- Anders Eldrup, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
- Annemette Færch
- Preben Damgaard, Damgaard Company A/S
- Henrik Lind, Danske Commodities
- Jeppe Laurids Hedaa, 7N
- Jimmy Maymann
- Mikkel Bülow-Lehnsby, NREP
- Rasmus Nørgaard, NREP
- Søren Vestergaard Poulsen, CVC Capital Partners
- Torben Wind
Our online network of friends, partners, and supporters is growing.
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