UN marks 70 years since its founding

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The Great Wall of China bathed in blue for UN70. UNDP office/China

It's a special day at the United Nations, as the organization celebrates 70 years since its founding.

The festivities kicked off last night at UN headquarters in New York with a special concert featuring several world-renowned musical performers.

Other events are taking place in communities, cities and nations around the world.

Veronica Reeves has more on the story.

In a special message to commemorate 70 years since the founding of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the organization a "beacon for all humanity". 

The UN chief said that in such complex and difficult times, the limits of collective international action had become "painfully clear". Yet, he stressed, "no single country or organization can address today's challenges alone".

Meantime, a number of events are taking place on Saturday as part of the global celebrations.  The "Enlightened Universe" art exhibition created by renowned artist Cristobal Gabarron will be unveiled in Central Park in New York City.  The sculpture will eventually be displayed in major cities across the globe.

Also, as nightfall arrives, one-by-one some 300 famous landmarks in about 75 countries will be bathed in blue lights.

Famous sites such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Hermitage in Russia and Tokyo's Sky Tree Tower will all be lit in blue as part of the "Turn the World UN Blue" campaign. 

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.


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