The United Nations in South Africa has launched a Photo Exhibition at Museum Africa in Newtown as part of its ongoing global campaign to commemorate the organisation’s 70th Anniversary. The UN was established on October 24, 1945.
The Exhibition which will run for three months is a depiction of historic moments in the seventy-year history of the global body. It displays pictures of meetings at which the resolution to form the organisation as adopted; milestones on actions, decisions and events such as independence days, global campaigns, peacekeeping, important summits and other activities.
The Photo Exhibition in Newton is part of a number of events which the UN has embarked on around the world to highlight its work. On the 24th of October, seventy students from schools in Tshwane joined UN staff and members of the public – all dressed in Blue, the official UN colour – in a peaceful walk and for a special event marked with performances, speeches, traditional poems and dance. In addition the Nelson Mandela Bridge and Table Mountain were lit blue as part of the organization’s Turn the World Blue campaign.
At today’s launch, UN Resident Coordinator for South Africa Mr. Gana Fofang said “The 70th Anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the history and take stock of our enduring achievements. We also want to shine the spotlight to where the UN – and the international community as a whole – need to redouble our efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of our work: peace and security, development.”
The Photo Exhibition also lays focus on the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which rally counties to seek to reduce inequalities, end hunger and to provide affordable and clean energy for their citizens.