On 24 October 2020, the United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the 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.
There is no other global organization with the legitimacy, convening power and normative impact of the United Nations. Today, the urgency for all countries to come together, to fulfil the promise of the nations united, has rarely been greater.
UN Geneva has organized various events throughout the year to mark this important anniversary. But here is a list of upcoming event during the week of 19 October, leading up to the big day.
Programme of activities
Thursday, 22 October at 3:30 p.m.
“Multilateralism of the Future: How Will Global Cooperation Evolve in the 21st Century?”
With Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Commemoration of the United Nations 75th anniversary, and Mary Robinson, Chair of the Elders, former President of Ireland, and former UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights.
Join us for a stimulating discussion in this last event part of the UN75 Dialogue series. Ask questions before or during the event via Slido.
Live broadcast on www.webtv.un.org
22 October at 12 p.m. noon (EST) / 6 p.m. CET)
Annual UN Day concert (virtual event)
The annual UN Day concert, usually held in the General Assembly Hall at United Nations Headquarters, will this year be prerecorded and screened in the GA Hall on Thursday, 22 October 2020 at 12.00 p.m. (New York local time).
The concert, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, will leverage the power of music and dance to capture our collective commitment to cooperation, multilateralism and global solidarity. It will include a performance featuring Roberto Bolle, accompanied by other world-class performers, as well as the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, all recorded at La Scala Theater in Milan. A number of classical, modern and reimagined dances, curated specifically for the UN Day Concert, will be performed.
Saturday 24 October 2020
Monuments turn blue for the UN
The Palais des Nations will be among many of Europe’s most iconic buildings and monuments that will be lit up in blue in the evening, as part of the “Turn Europe UN Blue” initiative to commemorate this anniversary date.
UN Day concert
Our host country, the Swiss Confederation, is organizing the annual UN Day concert at Geneva's Victoria Hall with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the concert will be held without a public. Follow it on webtv.un.org, osr.ch or rts.ch/play/tv
From 22 October to 12 November
“Future We Want” art competition
Exhibition in the Mezzanine space, Building E, Palais des Nations
Past events from the UN75 Dialogue Series
“Multilateralism in the time of COVID-19” in April 2020