Global event turns the world UN blue to mark 70th anniversary of United Nations

SudanMeroe Pyramids/Photo: Hamid Abdulsalam/UNAMID

(Khartoum, 25 October 2015) – More than 300 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 80 countries around the world were lit up blue – the official color of the United Nations, yesterday as part of a global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

 

Meroe Pyramids and Sudan National Museum joined world famous landmarks from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, from the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Empire State Building in New York, all lit blue. Other participants included Russia’s Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Edinburgh Castle and Central Hall Westminster in the United Kingdom, Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan’s SkyTree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.

Meroe Pyramids/Photo: Hamid Abdulsalam/UNAMID

Meroe Pyramids/Photo: Hamid Abdulsalam/UNAMID

 

“I am grateful our Member States are showing such strong enthusiasm in marking 70 years of UN support for peace, development and human rights,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “By turning the world UN Blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow.”

 

The global celebration kicked off in New Zealand and then Australia with the lighting of the Sydney Opera House at dusk, and from there a wave of UN Blue moved across countries and continents as monuments around the world took part in the international event.

United Nations Headquarters in New York lit up for two nights, beginning 23 October when the annual UN Day concert was held, and concluded on 24 October.

Sudan National Museum/Photo:Khalid Alarabi

Sudan National Museum/Photo:Khalid Alarabi

 

This global event are extensively covered on social media using the hashtag #UNBlue in addition to our year-long hashtag #UN70 and shared with the UN’s millions of followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, Flickr and more. Photos and videos of UN Blue landmarks around the world are available to media outlets via Flickr (http://j.mp/UNBluePhotos) and UNIFEED (http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/unifeed/).