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The Hague commemorates 75 years of the United Nations

Published: 16 October 2020Modified: 16 October 2020

The Netherlands was liberated 75 years ago in 1945. The United Nations was created the same year. International solidarity and a shared commitment to peace and security are 2 of the ideals on which the UN was founded. Until Saturday, 24 October 2020 The Hague will reflect on the importance of these ideals and the role of the UN in achieving them.

The city is also remembering the part that each and every one of us has played over the past 75 years and is contemplating how we can all shape the future. As part of the proceedings, 75 personal stories are being showcased, various buildings will be lit up in blue, a television programme will be broadcast on Dutch television and a special event will be livestreamed from the Peace Palace.

75 years of the UN in 75 stories

In partnership with the National Committee for 4 and 5 May, Humanity House, Just Peace and UNICEF Netherlands, the exhibition '75 years of the UN in 75 stories' is being held in The Hague. The 75 stories include personal narratives from President Roosevelt's granddaughter, former Dutch Foreign Minister and Mayor of The Hague Jozias van Aartsen, UNICEF staff member Krista van den Berg and The Hague Freedom Ambassador Leila Prnjavorac. These stories are intended to stimulate reflections on peace efforts, security, humanitarian acts and displays of solidarity. You can view the collection online at 75jaarvn.vrijheid.nl/en.

Illuminated buildings

From Monday, 19 October to Saturday, 24 October, the Dutch United Nations Association (NVVN) will illuminate various landmarks to commemorate the UN's 75th anniversary. The fountain in the Hofvijver, the Anna van Buerenplein fountain (behind The Hague’s Central Station), the Scheveningen pier and the Ferris wheel, the Grote Marktstraat, The Hague City Hall and the Peace Palace will all be lit up in blue. The lights will be switched on at dusk.

Photo: Marcel Vogel
Photo: Marcel Vogel

NPO television broadcast

On the evening of Friday, 23 October, NPO 1 together with the National Committee for 4 and 5 May will present a special broadcast from the Peace Palace in The Hague to commemorate 75 years of the United Nations. The programme airs at 20.25 hrs. directly after the news.

It will be introduced and concluded with words and images from a speech given by King Willem-Alexander during the commemoration of the UN's 75th anniversary. The speech was presented at the mainly online 75th UN General Assembly. In a video message, Queen Máxima will address the importance of good and safe access to financial services to afford better opportunities for economic and social development.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres will be taking part from the UN headquarters in New York. The programme will look at the history of the UN, while presenting stories of people with first-hand experience of the institution and its values. The personal narratives will be supported by music from various artists: Jeangu Macrooy, Giovanca, Douwe Bob, Maan, Ntjam Rosie and Bastiaan Everink. 

Online event: Shaping our future together!

On Saturday, 24 October there will be an online event from the Great Hall of Justice in the Peace Palace to commemorate the UN’s 75th anniversary. The livestream starts at 17.30 hrs. on https://www.youtube.com/user/haguetalks.

More info

For the full UN 75 programme, please visit https://denhaag.com/en/UN75.