Auckland Museum lights up blue for UN Day

  • 24/10/2015
The museum is one of more than 200 landmarks to light up UN blue (Tim Raethel)
The museum is one of more than 200 landmarks to light up UN blue (Tim Raethel)

The Auckland War Memorial Museum lit up blue tonight to commemorate United Nations Day and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations – the first international landmark to light up for the occasion.

The museum is one of more than 200 iconic monuments, buildings, museums, bridges and other landmarks in nearly 60 countries around the world to light up UN blue.

Other landmarks include the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Empire State Building, Great Wall of China, Russia's Hermitage Museum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Central Hall Westminster.

"As the entire world turns UN blue on United Nations Day, October 24, we are delighted that the iconic heritage landmark of Auckland War Memorial Museum in New Zealand will be the very first link in the global chain of support," says Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for communications and public information, United Nations.

The event will be covered extensively via social media, using the hastags #UNBlue and #UN70.

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