Global Event Turns The World UN Blue to mark 70th anniversary of the United Nations

Oct 25, 2015

Samoa joins in turning the world blue for the UN's 70th anniversary by lighting up its famous Town Clock blue. Photo credit: Ernesto Rollando.

If you wonder why the Tower Clock in downtown Apia looked different last night, here is the answer. Yesterday at dusk, more than 300 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 75 countries around the world were lit up blue – the official color of the United Nations, as part of a global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

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, were lit blue. Other participants include 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 Sky Tree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.  Samoa was the only Pacific Island Country to joint this global campaign.

“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, and from there a wave of UN Blue moved across countries and continents as monuments around the world take part in the international event. 

 “Participating in this global campaign offers to the Government of Samoa the unique opportunity to showcase its commitment to the UN principles of dignity and prosperity for all. Samoa is the only Pacific Island Country to have joined the “Turn the World UN Blue” and this make us all feel proud. We are very grateful for the support received by the Samoan Government in lighting up the Clock Tower of Apia” said Lizbeth Cullity, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations for Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau.

United Nations Headquarters in New York will light up for two nights, beginning 23 October when the annual UN Day concert will be held, and concluding on 24 October.

The “Turn the World UN Blue” campaign has being covered extensively 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/).

More information on “Turn the World UN Blue” and other UN70 global activities and celebrations can be found at http://www.un.org/un70/en.

Contact information

Ms. Francesca Mondello, UN Communication Specialist, Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau- Email: francesca.mondello@one.un.org - Phone: (+685) 725 6584

Andi Gitow, Executive Producer, Department of Public Information: gitow@un.org; Tel: +1 (917) 367 3012 and Jeffrey Brez, Chief of NGO Relations, Advocacy, and Special Events, Department of Public of Information: brez@un.org; Tel: + 1 (212) 963 8070

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