The United Nations celebrates 70 years today and landmarks around the world are being lighted in blue to mark this special event.
Among them, the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the Opera House of Sydney or the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. Many more landmark buildings, as well as landscapes will be bathed in blue light to commemorate UN Day and the 70th celebration. A 300 landmarks list has been published on the occasion and it can be found on the United Nations website.
With the blue flag bringing hope in the world, the United Nations is the most active promoter of human rights, peace and development. United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon stated in front of the General Assembly:
“By turning the world United Nations Blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow”.
All 193 states represented in the General Assembly have declared their commitment to the UN Charter and the UN aims once more in light of the 70th celebration of the United Nations. The resolution was adopted by consensus, a rare feat in the UN body.
Reaffirming the commitment to ‘we the peoples’, the Charter signals every government’s commitment to the eradicating poverty, bringing forth the efforts to help the marginalized and vulnerable and development around the world.
During the same speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly, the Secretary General referred back to his experience in South Korea and the United Nations making it better.
“I know first-hand the power and the value of the UN blue. When war came to Korea, I lost my home, my school, all I knew. But help came, bearing the United Nations flag.”
The United Nations blue flag is the symbol of hope for millions of people worldwide. The relentless and sustained efforts of the United Nations bodies have pushed the Millennium Development Goals forth. A new agenda has been set in place, acknowledging that the work is not done.
The United Nations celebrates 70 years today. In light of this celebration, Mr. Ban Ki-moon declared that in order to curb conflict, despair and oppression, the United Nations is as necessary as ever.
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