Switzerland’s famous building turned blue to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations | Instant News

Parts of the Geneva United Nations building were lit up in blue late on Saturday Keystone / Salvatore Di Nolfi

The Palais des Nations and Jet d’eau in Geneva were among more than 180 European buildings and monuments lit up in blue on Saturday night to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. Also taking part is the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

This content is published on 24 October 2020-20: 25

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The United Nations was formally formed on October 24, 1945, when the UN Charter, agreed upon four months earlier, came into effect. Starting with the original 51 members, there are now 193.Switzerland joined in 2002.

“The UN Geneva, the International Geneva and Switzerland have carved out a reputation for themselves as places where exchanges and discussions can take place with great confidence and neutrality,” Tatiana Valovaya, Director General of the UN Geneva, said in a statement. statement ahead of the illumination of the UN Geneva Headquarters.

“We will continue, thanks to the diversity of actors there, to stimulate international cooperation and strengthen multilateralism, which is currently in an important transitional phase.”

Switzerland’s candidacy for the Security Council

Among other events held to commemorate that anniversary A Swiss-UN Society (GSUN) a public event regarding Switzerland’s candidacy for the Security Council. The public event will be half virtual, half live, about Switzerland’s candidacy for the Security Council.

The country is targeting a non-permanent seat on the Security Council from 2023-2024.

The online event featured Pascale Baeriswyl, head of Switzerland’s UN mission in New York, and Michael Møller, former director of the United Nations in Geneva.

Joseph Deiss, who was Swiss foreign minister at the time Switzerland joined the United Nations, opened the meeting. He said that Swiss neutrality was not a problem for his UN work.

Baeriswyl said that among the key factors for the success of the candidacy were a good reputation and fruitful cooperation.

Switzerland’s candidacy for seats is currently in its final stages, but elections won’t last until June 2022.

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