The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.
To help celebrate the UN’s 70th anniversary, iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, such as the Empire State Building, UN Headquarters, Tokyo’s SkyTree Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Athen’s Temple of Zeus and Edinburgh Castle will be lit up blue on UN Day (24 October) as part of an exciting new global campaign which helps unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights.
Images and videos of the lighted structures will be part of an innovative social media outreach and will be seen by millions of people around the world. Citizens will be asked to take action by sharing their ‘choose blue’ images using the hashtag #UN70.
You can read the UN Secretary-General’s message regarding the 70th anniversary of the United Nations message here.