Tuesday, 10 November 2015 01:00

Celebrating the UN's 70th anniversary in Barcelona

The four UN organizations operating at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona (Spain) jointed the world-wide celebration of the UN's 70th Anniversary.

UN-HABITAT's City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP), the GWOPA Secretariat Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-HABITAT/GWOPA), the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening (WHO/Europe) - joined the world-wide celebration with an event that took place at Sant Pau on the evening of the 23 October 2015.

The event, jointly organized by the four agencies with the support of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, began with civil society representatives reading the Preamble of the UN Charter in English, Spanish and Catalan. This reading was followed by the speeches of the Heads of Office of the four agencies, who described their respective work in the context of the UN´s 70th Anniversary and their role in the implementation of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Finally, to close the event, three government representatives – the Ambassador at Large for Preventive Diplomacy and Nominations of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and to the EU of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the First Deputy Mayor at the Barcelona City Council - offered speeches. This was followed by a concert of songs from the five continents and a reception.

As part of the celebration, and in order to join the Turn the world #UNBlue campaign that marked the 70th Anniversary worldwide, the facade of the main building of the site was illuminated in UN blue with a projection of the UN logo. Other sites, including the buildings of the Generalitat of Catalonia and that of the City Hall of Barcelona, as well as Gaudi´s La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, also turned blue for the occasion.

2015 anniversary group


Additional Info

  • Title: Strong UN. Better World.
  • Description Resume: The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements.

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