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24.10.2015: Global event turns the world UN BLUE to mark 70th anniversary of United Nations 

More than 160 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in more than 45 countries around the world will be 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, on 24 October.

World famous landmarks such as Australia’s Sydney Opera House, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and the Empire State Building in New York will be lit up. Denmark contributes with TIVOLI Gardens, Nikolaj Kunsthal and The Little Mermaid to the long list of building and monuments. Others include the Leaning Tower of Piza, the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, the Ancient city of Petra in Jordan, Central Hall Westminster in the United Kingdom, the Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan’s SkyTree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain.

“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 global event – in Denmark as well.

“We are grateful that TIVOLI Gardens, Billedhuggeren Edvard Eriksens Arvinger (The Little Mermaid Foundation), and Nikolaj Kunsthal in cooperation with UN City Copenhagen, Danish UN association and UNRIC takes part in celebrating UN’s 70th anniversary. We’re happy to mark this day in this way and at the same time highlight the future important work of the UN – in close collaboration with Denmark” – Eva Egesborg, Head of Public Diplomacy & Communications, UN City Copenhagen.

This global event will be covered on social media using the hashtags #UNBlue and #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 . Specific information on the celebration can be found on

For further information and a full list and photos of participating monuments please contact:

Eva Egesborg, Head of Public Diplomacy & Communications, UN City,, tel: +45 45 33 60 09

Torleif Jonasson, Secretary-General, Danish UN Association,, tel: +45 3346 4690

Andi Gitow, Executive Producer, Department of Public Information:; Tel: +1 (917) 367 3012