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Pyramids and Sphinx to turn blue on UN Day Oct 24 | Cairo Post

Pyramids and Sphinx to turn blue on UN Day Oct 24

Tourists ride camels at Giza Pyramids - AP

CAIRO: The Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, along with 180 world monuments worldwide, are scheduled to be lit up in blue on Oct. 24 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

“I am grateful our Member States are showing such strong enthusiasm in marking 70 years of UN support for peace, development and human rights,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “By turning the world UN Blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow.”

The celebrations are scheduled to kick off in New Zealand, a U.N. release stated.

“This year the UN is celebrating its seventieth anniversary and we are pleased that this also coincides with Egypt’s selection to the UN Security Council. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Egyptian people working together on the path towards sustainable development and human dignity,” stated U.N. Resident Coordinator in Egypt, Anita Nirody.

Egypt was elected to a non-permanent term on the Security Council this week.