A few days ago I had a meeting at the Palais des Nations (the UN Headquarters). Little did I know that it would be held in the Moroccan Room! I lived in Morocco for 6 months (I may or may not have mentioned this already) and so a great wave of sentimental wistfulness washed over me the moment I stepped into that room.
First of all, I had no idea that every country had its own designated ‘room’ in the Palais. Second, the room was a work of art itself. The UN Office in Geneva’s official website gives a good description of it:
In 2011, the Kingdom of Morocco completely renovated room S-4, now called the Moroccan Room.
The Moroccan interior designer, selected by the Kingdom of Morocco, designed a room that is an authentic expression of Moroccan culture and craftsmanship. The cedar wood and plaster interior, coupled with the copper, leather and carpets arranged in harmony and in accordance with the rules of traditional and contemporary arts gives the room a distinct Moroccan atmosphere. Incorporated into the Moroccan Room are all the latest requirements and audiovisual technologies required for meetings held at the Palais des Nations.
Here’s a photo I took of it, too.