Lagos, 22 October 2015: On 23 October the National Theatre in Lagos will join more than 200 iconic structures around the world in nearly 60 countries that will be lit up blue – the official colour 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.
“I am grateful our Member States are showing such 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 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. The UN 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.
Quoting the Under-Secretary General for Public Information Cristina Gallach, the Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja said, ‘This is an initiative led by the UN Department of Public Information and has had tremendous support from governments, cities, mayors, and locally in any countries to ensure this collaborative public awareness of the UN Day.’
In Nigeria, according to Mr Kayanja, UNIC Lagos is collaborating with the management of the National Arts Theatre and Phillips Nigeria to key into the global campaign to mark 70 years of saving lives, 70 years of promoting global peace and development; 70 years of promoting human rights and 70 years of preventing spread of diseases and
“Nigeria is an important Member State of the United Nations, and I am so glad that the country is joining this global celebration of UN@70,” the Director continued, “I call upon the civil society, media, private sector and Government agencies to continue their support to the values and goals of the United Nations aimed at building a strong Nigeria.”
In Nigeria, the UN Information Centre will hold an event in the evening of Friday 23 October at the National Theater in Lagos to celebrate the UN @70 and light the Theater UN Blue.
On Saturday 24 October, the UN Day, there will be a cultural presentation of UN@70 at the University of Lagos water front organised in collaboration with the West African Women Association (WAWA) and St Martin de Porres Old Girls Association, Nigeria.
For further information on all UN@70 activities in Nigeria, please contact: Mr. Oluseyi Soremekun, National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 0803 402 2085.