On 24 October, more than 150 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 45 countries around the world will be lit up blue, the official colour 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, will be 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 Westminster Hall in the United Kingdom, Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan’s SkyTree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.
“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 will kick 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 will move across countries and continents as monuments around the world take part in the international event.
“Participating in this campaign offers Australia the unique opportunity to showcase their commitment to the UN principles of dignity and prosperity for all. We are pleased that so many Australian organisations are supporting the UN by lighting up in blue,” said Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Canberra.
- South Australia: Adelaide, Three Rivers Fountain, Adelaide Festival Centre
- Victoria: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Federation Square, Government House, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall, Victorian Arts Centre Spire, Bolte Bridge, St.Patrick’s Cathedral, State Library of Victoria, Ballarat Town hall, Bendigo Conservatory.
- Australian Capital Territory: National Museum of Australia, Old Parliament House, Telstra Tower, National Archives of Australia, National Film and Sound Archives of Australia, Questacon
- Tasmania: Tasmanian Government House, Fountain Roundabout
- Western Australia: The Bell Tower, Arthur Head Cliff and the Round House, Victoria Hall, Trafalgar Bridge, Northbridge Piazza
- New South Wales: Sydney Opera House
- Queensland: Brisbane City Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Kurilpa Bridge, Treasury Casino
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.
This global event will be 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 will be available to media outlets via Flickr and UNIFEED.
More information on “Turn the World UN Blue” and other UN70 global activities and celebrations can be found at www.un.org/un70