Over 200 landmarks across world to light up blue for UN’s 70th anniversary

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More than 200 landmarks in 60 countries from the Pyramids in Egypt to the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York will be lit up in blue – the official colour of the United Nations- on Saturday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the world body.

The global celebration kicked off in New Zealand and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. It will move across countries and continents to the Great Wall of China, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, Russia’s Hermitage Museum, the Alhambra in Spain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and many other sites.

The Sydney Opera house is lit up in blue to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

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A visitor poses for a picture with the supertrees at Singapore’s gardens by the bay as the trees are lit in the blue hues of the United Nation’s logo in celebration of its 70th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Singapore.

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Chinese men stand near the entrance to a tower along a section of the Great Wall of China lit by blue light to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Tokyo Skytree is lit up in blue light to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, in Tokyo Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses for pictures in front of the United Nations General Assembly hall to mark the 70th anniversary of UN Day at the United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 23 October 2015.


The Globe at the Mall of Asia, the landmark of the country’s largest shopping mall, is lit blue for the second night Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines.

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The Peace Palace at The Hague, which houses the International Court of Justice, celebrated the milestone.

United Nations: Marcel Vogel

Petra, Jordan lit up in blue for the 70th anniversary of the UN, October 23, 2015.

Office of UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan: Chris Herwig

New Yorkers actually got a sneak preview of the celebration because U.N. headquarters was lit up in blue Friday night as well.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that “by turning the world U.N. blue for a day, we can light a way to a better tomorrow.”

Happy birthday! @UN will be 70 on 24 October #Action2015 pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/oYlum0QwPS

— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) October 24, 2015


Oct. 24 is the anniversary of the entry into force of the U.N. Charter in 1945 and is celebrated as U.N. Day.

The General Assembly unanimously approved a declaration Friday reaffirming the faith of the 193 member states in the United Nations on its 70th anniversary and the U.N.’s determination “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

It says the U.N. charter unites all member states “in diversity beyond our differences of language, culture or religion, today as 70 years ago.”

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The secretary-general told the assembly that the U.N. over seven decades has brought “freedom to millions, dismantling colonialism, defeating apartheid and defending human rights for all, regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.”

But he said “violence, poverty, ill-health and abuse plague far too many people, especially women and girls,” and more people have fled their homes than at any time since World War II because of conflict, oppression and fear.

Nonetheless, Ban said, “without the United Nations, our world would be a far bleaker place.”

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