Er­bil Citadel turn blue to mark UN’s 70th an­niver­sary

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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 the Kahra­mana statue of Baghdad in Iraq, to Aus­tralia’s Syd­ney Opera House, to the Great Pyra­mids of Guiza 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 the gov­ern­ment and com­mu­ni­ties in Iraq the unique op- por­tu­nity to show­case their com­mit­ment to the UN prin­ci­ples of dig­nity and pros­per­ity for all”, said Baghdad Mayor, Dr. Thikra Al­wash. “We are pleased to join the UN by light­ing up the Kahra­mana statue in the cen­ter of Baghdad and to share this event with many other land­marks and cap­i­tals of the world”, Dr. Al­wash added.

Other Iraqi land­marks, in­clud­ing the South­ern Gate of Er­bil Citadel, in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq, will also take part in the global event.

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.

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