International Relations

For the United Nations' 70 years the world shines in blue

In Luxembourg, a number of buildings in the City of Luxembourg are illuminated in blue today

70 ans ONUTo help celebrate the UN's 70th anniversary, more than 200 iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries across the globe will be lit up blue on UN Day, 24 October. This event is part of an exciting new global campaign which helps unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights.

The planet shines UN-blue

Watch landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the UN-headqaurters in New York, the Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Zeus-temple in Athens, the Beirut National Museum in Lebanon, the National Theatre in Algiers, the governor's residence in Port Louis, Mauritius, the Maison de la Radio in Brussels, the city hall in Bruges, the World Centre for Peace in Verdun, the water jet in Geneva and many other sites light blue to help mark the founding of the UN.

Images and videos of the lighted structures will be part of an innovative social media outreach and will be seen by millions of people around the world. The UN encourages the visit of a participating site and the sharing of your "choose blue" images using the hashtags #UN70 and #UNBlue.

In Luxembourg, the event is celebrated by the UN-blue illumination of emblematic buildings like the Hôtel de Bourgogne from the Ministry of State, the Hotel St Maximin and the Hôtel St Augustin of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chamber of Deputies, the Luxembourg City hall and the Philharmonie.

An indispensable organisation to international relations

70 years ago, the city of San Francisco was the birthplace of one of the most notorious organisations in the world: the United Nations. Since 1945, this organisation has been working for diplomatic solutions to conflicts and fighting the plagues of societies: malnutrition, disease, lack of education, climate change or population displacement. Some of its sub-organisations such as UNICEF and UNHCR are well known for their commitment.

The United Nations has become an essential player in international relations. If a problem requires a global solution or approach, it is the UN and its sub-organisations and forums that are best equipped to address it.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was a founding member of this organisation, which brings together 193 countries today, and assured the presidency in 2013 and 2014. In 1988, Luxembourg donated the sculpture 'Non Violence', which can be found outside the headquarters of the organisation in New York.

(Article written by the editorial team of the portal ''; source: press release from the United Nations)

  • Updated 26-10-2015