The Eiffel Tower was lit up to celebrate the 75th birthday of the United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“In a sign of the French capital’s friendly relationship towards the organisation it has hosted since 1946, the tower displayed the words ‘75 years’ alongside the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization logo, a stylized Greek temple and ‘symbol of hope for the creation of a peaceful world’,” the United Nations’ special agency said.
The Friday’s display was a part of a wider ceremony including the visits of over 20 heads of state and a projection of works by the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado at the body’s headquarters.
Noting that “UNESCO’s role is a lot of vital than ever”, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said the UN’s special agency was born as a pillar of the United Nations system.
“For over 75 years, UNESCO has promoted dialogue and mutual understanding. World Heritage sites, biosphere Reserves…emerged at UNESCO”, he said.
The Paris-based agency was supported in 1945 as the successor to the League of Nations’ International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.
It is best known for designating and protecting archeological and heritage sites, from the Galapagos Islands to the tombs of city.
Audrey Azoulay, a former French culture minister, was electoral to a second four-year term as its director-general earlier on.
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