06/11/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT
The buildings, designed by an international group which included Le Corbusier, are impressive, but inside—from the tourist perspective—there's not much going on. Even when the General Assembly is in session-(usually only in the fall or during a world crisis so serious the Security Council convenes), one can only see a bunch of people milling and sitting around, and half listening to a usually uninspired doctrinaire harangue. The rest of the year there are occasional meetings of the Trusteeship Council, the World Intellectual Property Council and other subgroups, plus a fairly tedious guided tour of mostly empty meeting rooms. If it's unusual representatives you're looking for, you have a better chance of finding them at your state capital. To see dashingly dressed Arab sheiks, try Fifth Avenue.