United Nations Day, 24 October
The Government of Indonesia and the United Nations family in Indonesia together hosted the annual commemoration of United Nations Day on 24 October. Events included a half-day seminar, "Enhancing Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development"; an art exhibition, "Art with Purpose: Bringing Global Goals to Indonesia through Art", showcasing Indonesian artists and exploring UN themes; and a visual campaign, "Turn Indonesia UN Blue".
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the seminar in two sessions: “Making Strides towards Agenda 2030 by Indonesia-UN Partnership”; and “Innovative Approach on Global Partnership for Development in Indonesia”. The audience included officials from government, the UN, the diplomatic corps, and other partners.
“Art with Purpose”
The exhibition was a collaboration with Indonesian artists who contributed works focused on UN themes, including the environment, climate change, human rights, empowering girls and women, urban development, and peace, among others. The exhibition, at Museum Nasional in Jakarta, opened on 24 and ran until 30 October. Over a thousand visitors saw the exhibition throughout the week, including families and school groups.
Participating artists said they were proud to have their work stand for a greater cause and to contribute to the commemoration of UN Day with Indonesians and the international community.
“Turn Indonesia UN Blue”
For the second year in a row, iconic monuments, buildings and other landmarks across Indonesia were illuminated in UN blue. Monuments included: Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta; Monumen Nasional, Jakarta; Gedung Merdeka, Bandung; and Gedung Sate, Bandung. The campaign unites Indonesians in a visual message of peace, justice, human rights, sustainable development and social progress.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, the United Nations officially came into being.
#UNDay observances reflect on the work the Organization is doing globally and locally, as well as the contributions of its Member States to upholding the universal values and rights enshrined in the Charter.