Turn the world #UNBlue

To help celebrate the UN’s 70th anniversary, iconic monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks across the globe will be lit up blue on UN Day, 24 October, as part of an exciting new global campaign which helps unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights.

Is your country participating?

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. Other participants include Russia’s Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Edinburgh Castle and Westminster Hall in the United Kingdom, Japan’s SkyTree Tower,  Baalbeck in Lebanon and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others.

See also:  Full list of landmarks which will be #UNBlue on 24 October (as at 9 October 2015)

Join in!

We will be covering the event across our social media platforms. Follow us for updates on:

All photos will be shared on our Flickr account.

Do you live close to one of the participating landmarks? Share your photos with us as the world turns UN blue using the hashtags #UNBlue and #UN70 and they might be featured on our social media platforms.

Twitter milestone – 5 million followers!

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This month we welcomed our 5 millionth follower on Twitter! Thank you to everyone who has been retweeting our posts and asking questions.

Who is following our English language account on Twitter? According to Twitter analytics, see below for some details:

The top 10 countries in terms of numbers of followers are:

United States, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, Mexico, Philippines, Kenya, Pakistan and Indonesia

The majority of our followers list the following as their main language on Twitter:

English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Portuguese

Did you know that the UN’s Department of Public Information has social media accounts in the six official UN languages and more? You can get all the details on our website.


This year, our digital ambassador Elyx is traveling around the world visiting UN staff and offices. You can see all his updates online.

Here are three of our top tweets in terms of reach and engagement from the past month:

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