Though our country was shrouded in haze, the iconic Petronas Twin Towers joined more than 200 landmarks around the world in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations by being lit up in blue on Saturday night (24th October).
The Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also highlighted the occasion on his official Facebook page by posting a photo of the twin towers illuminating in blue in the city centre.
The photo came with the caption, “Today, we illuminate our Petronas Twin Towers to join the celebration of 70 years of United Nations. Spectacular sight.”
24th October is celebrated as “UN Day” as it is the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. The global celebration, which moved across countries and continents, began in New Zealand. The landmarks that took part in the event include the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Empire State Building in New York.
The landmarks were all lit up in blue, which is the official colour of the United Nations.
According to CBC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had expressed hope that “by turning the world UN blue for a day, we can light a way to a better tomorrow”.
Well, we certainly hope the world would have a better future. As Ban said, “without the United Nations, our world would be a far bleaker place.”
You can check out the rest of landmarks that were lit up in blue through United Nations Information Centre‘s official Flickr account.