EU commemorates the 75th anniversary of the United Nations

Key building and places in Brussels turned blue on UN Day

On 24 October, the UN Day, the United Nations marked its 75th anniversary. This date commemorates the signing in 1945 of the UN Charter in San Francisco. On this occasion, the key buildings and places in Brussels turned blue on Saturday evening. Among them were the seat of the EC – Berlaymont Building, the Council’s Europa Building and the iconic Grand Place.

EUCO President Charles Michel tweeted that for 75 years the UN has been a beacon of international cooperation. He specified that “joining hands is what we need to do now more than ever”. He also referred to his  speech to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the UN, he delivered in September on behalf of the EU.

“As a citizen, of course, but also as a political leader, I strongly believe that intelligence and empathy, both individual and collective, together constitute the driving force of progress. Freedom and respect are its renewable energy sources,” President Michel said.

He added that this is, in fact, the lesson of the last 75 years. Since the signing of the Charter of the United Nations, each time that cooperation, exchange and tolerance have been put into practice, the conditions of life have improved, he stressed noting that "whereas division, isolation, discrimination and injustice have always been synonyms of regression, conflict and, sooner or later, war".

Also on twitter, EC President Ursula von der Leyen wrote that 75 years ago, the United Nations was born out of the necessity for countries to work together, rather than against each other. We, in the European Union, share the UN’s vision for peace, dialogue, cooperation and progress, she emphasised noting “now more than ever, our world needs the UN”.

On 24 October, the European Union turns blue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and we celebrate a moment that turned the course of history: when global powers, in 1945, decided to work together for peace, said in a statement EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

He underlined that the EU and the UN are natural partners. “Over the past decades, we have been working hand in hand for peace, dialogue, and cooperation. Together, we promote human rights, the rule of law, sustainable development, health, and fight climate change. We support negotiated diplomatic solutions to conflicts as well as security and stabilisation through our military and civilian missions.”

HR Borrell specified that while others turn away, the EU is committed to preserve global cooperation and strengthen multilateral relations with its partners across the globe. “The EU will continue to be a pillar of the United Nations, its main contributor and its main supporter, for the sake of our citizens and of the whole world,” he also stated.

Soon after the end of the Second World War, in 1945, nations worldwide decided to change the course of history and took the commitment to work together for peace. And this is the same path that the European Union chose to follow only a few years later.

In the last decades, the EU and the UN have been working hand in hand for peace, dialogue, and cooperation. Whether individually or together, they both promote Human Rights, the rule of law, sustainable development, and fighting climate change.

They also support negotiated diplomatic solutions to conflicts as well as security and stabilisation through their military and civilian missions. The EU is also committed to preserving and strengthening multilateral relations with its partners across the globe, with the United Nations at its core.

The Covid-19 pandemic is once again showing how global challenges can be tackled and overcome only through global, coordinated action.

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