Saturday, Oct. 24 is United Nations Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the 1945 UN Charter.
With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
United Nations Day has been celebrated Oct. 24 since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the day be observed by member states as a public holiday. The following events will take place:
- Turn the World UN Blue: On Saturday, iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges and other landmarks across the world will be lit up blue to help unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights.
- Art Installation "Enlightened Universe": Renowned artist Cristobal Gabarron will unveil his monument in New York's Central Park. The monument is an interactive sculpture formed by a sphere and surrounded by a spiral of 70 figures - one for each of the 70 years since the UN was created.
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