On 10 January, the UK Government hosted an event in partnership with UN75 and Project Everyone to communicate why the UN remains the best global forum to find solutions to the challenges we face – from the climate emergency to COVID-19, conflict – to a broad and diverse global audience. The event also served as a global commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, with the UN returning – virtually – to London, where it held its first meetings in 1946.
The UN Secretary-General delivered his first major speech of the year as well as relay the findings of the UN75 global consultation carried out in 2020.
On the same day, David Wardrop, Chair of UNA Westminster, shared the news during a special UN75 service in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, that the grassed area outside the hall will be renamed “United Nations Green”. It is a timely and welcome landmark to commemorate the site of the first General Assembly.