70th anniversary of the UN in Barcelona


October 23rd, 2016

The four UN organizations located at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site – UN-HABITAT’s City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP), the GWOPA Secretariat Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-HABITAT/GWOPA), the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening (WHO/Europe) with the support of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site joined the world-wide celebration of the UN´s 70th Anniversary with an event that took place at the site the evening of the 23 October 2015.

The event, began with civil society representatives reading the Preamble of the UN Charter in English, Spanish and Catalan. This reading was followed by the speeches of the Heads of Office of the four agencies, who described their respective work in the context of the UN´s 70th Anniversary and their role in the implementation of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Finally, to close the event, three government representatives – the Ambassador at Large for Preventive Diplomacy and Nominations of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and to the EU of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the First Deputy Mayor at the Barcelona City Council – offered speeches. This was followed by a concert of songs from the five continents and a reception.

As part of the celebration, and in order to join the Turn the world #UNBlue campaign that marked the 70th Anniversary worldwide, the facade of the main building of the site was illuminated in UN blue with a projection of the UN logo.

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