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UN marks 70th birthday, eyeing for better future

In 1945, the United Nations came into being when the world was recovering from the trauma of the Second World War.

It was set up to bring peace, and a hope that the world will be rid of wars.

Now 70 years on, conflicts remain, but many say the organization did help make the world a better place.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MICHAEL MULLER, UNOG Director General
“A very warm welcome to the Palais des Nations, for the celebration of our 70th anniversary, and for our traditional open day.”

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) VISITOR
“It is actually my first time.”

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) VISITOR
“Yes. It’s my first time.”

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) VISITOR
“This is the first time I come.”

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) VISITOR
“So I could get all the countries not to fight anymore.”
“Do you think that’ s going to be difficult?”
“Yes.”

The Geneva office of the UN, is at the heart of global diplomacy, hosting more than 10,000 meetings every year.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MICHAEL MULLER, UNOG Director General
“This is where the vast majority of technical agencies do the work that touches every single person on this planet every day. It’s about trade; it’s about vaccinations; it’s about education. It’s about the whole aspect of human activity.”

Today it’s as much about celebrating the past as looking forward to the future, a better future.

On the 70th birthday of the world body, a new piece of artwork, “Rebirth”, was unveiled.

It’s made up of 193 stones representing the UN’s 193 Member States.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MICHAEL MULLER, UNOG Director General
“The Rebirth literally and artistically sets the principles of the United Nations in stone, but leaves a solution open to all of us. Because we are all part of building a better world through understanding and unity, a true renewal for all of us.”

Oct. 24 is the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945 and is celebrated as UN Day.

A day earlier, New Yorkers got a sneak preview of the celebration, as the UN headquarters was lit up in blue.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses hope that, by turning the world UN blue for a day, “we can light a way to a better tomorrow”.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): BAN KI-MOON, UN Secretary-General
“There are many changes the United Nations have been leading for this world, looking back, historically speaking, a very important contribution the United Nations has made at the beginning of the UN is decolonization. Now we are aiming by 2030 to eradicate all abject poverty that is two most important contributions. We should not repeat what we have done wrong but we have done well and better than we have to build up on these good results. I am committed to work with the member states to make this world better for all.”

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