UN Turns Historic Parliament Building Blue to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Oct 23, 2015

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 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, will be lit blue. Regional participants include Trinidad and Tobago's Bandstand of the Royal Botanic Gardens, UN House in Suriname, and Brasil’s Christ the Redeemer and Municipal Theatre, 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. 

“I am very happy that we can mark the UN’s 70 years of commitment to peace and development by lighting up Barbados’ parliament building which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth.  It is a great visualization of the long and deep partnership between Barbados and the UN,” said Stephen O’Malley, UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the OECS.

His Honourable Speaker of the House of Assembly in Barbados, Michael Carrington MP held similar sentiments indication that, "Barbados has very proud tradition of support for the United Nations." He further noted that he would have been disappointed had the Parliament Building not been chosen, and recounted partnering with UN Women in addressing stigma and discrimination.

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.

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.

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UN Resident Coordinator, Stephen O'Malley greets His Hounourable Speaker of the House of Assembly, Michael Carrington MP prior to throwing the switch for the lighting
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Mr. O'Malley (right) prepares to throw the switch to light Parliament #UNblue
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Mr. O'Malley (left) and His Honourable Speaker of the House of Assembly, Michael Carrington MP admire the lights
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Parliament noted as a 'building of historic and architectural interest'
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Parliament lit UN Blue
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Parliament lit UN Blue
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Parliament lit UN Blue
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Parliament lit UN Blue

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