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2015: The UN’s 70th year in review

23.12.2015 – Did you know that the name “United Nations” was coined by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt? Serving humanity since October 24, 1945, the United Nations has been present throughout history’s most intimate moments.


Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more.

This year marked the Organization’s 70th anniversary, as well as many epic moments for the world’s largest peacekeeping body, such as the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and COP21.

The Sustainable Development Goals

September 25 marked the momentous day the Sustainable Development Goals were officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. The SDGs, unanimously adopted by the UN’s 193 Member States at this historic summit, address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasizing that no one should be left behind. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda heralds a new era of global solidarity for promoting prosperity, equal opportunity, and environmental stewardship.


January 2016 will see the official implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN70: Turning the World UNBlue

The world turned blue on Saturday 24th October in celebration of the United Nations’ 70th birthday. Over 350 iconic monuments, buildings, landscapes, museums, bridges, and other landmarks in more than 85 countries across the globe were lit up in blue - the official colour of the United Nations - to show their support for the UN and to raise awareness of its work for our planet and its people.

Belgium Grand Place Brussels

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter.


The 21st Paris Climate Conference, COP21, was held from 30 November to 11 December 2015 at a site near Paris, Le Bourget. Delegates representing countries, observers, civil society, journalists, and over 80 world leaders such as Barack Obama, Narendra Modi and David Cameron gathered to make the summit into a success. A final agreement was reached on 12 December.


Its main aim is to keep a global temperature rise well below 2°C in this century, while driving efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

UN in the EU: UNEarth and Dysturb

The UNs work was highlighted through art in two of Europe’s largest cities: London and Paris. Earlier this year, photographs showcasing the UNs work were scattered around the streets of Paris as well as on show in an exhibition in London.


Created to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, UNEARTH is the most revealing and broadest exhibition ever assembled reflecting the United Nations own perspective of key moments in history, encompassing the Organization’s seven decades serving humanity. It is on display at Central Hall Westminster from 13 October 2015 to 20 January 2016.



Over the course of several nights, members of #Dysturb pasted up huge posters on the streets of Paris; 4 x 3 meters, featuring professional photography, printed in black and white, showing scenes from around the world. The photos were taken in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia, and featured crises that make headlines as well as those that receive less coverage.


The goal: to celebrate 70 years of the United Nations with 70 pictures showing the world as it is and the solutions that the United Nations and its agencies bring to hundreds of thousands of people in need of assistance.  


UNRICs Related Links

·        Sustainable Development Goals

·         UN70

·         COP21

·         UNEarth London

·        Dysturb Paris


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