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Central Hall Westminster to host UN secretary general

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon will appear at the London venue to mark the UN’s 70th anniversary celebrations

Pictured: UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon

Central Hall Westminster in London will host United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for a public address as part of the UN’s 70th anniversary celebrations. 

The event, which is organised by the United Nations Association UK (UNA–UK) in partnership with Chatham House, will take place on Friday 5 February, almost 70 years to the day since the first UN secretary general, Trygve Lie of Norway, was appointed at Central Hall Westminster in February 1946.

Paul Southern, MD of Central Hall Westminster, said: “Having hosted the first ever meeting of the United Nations here at our historic venue back in 1946, we are thrilled to be welcoming the UN secretary general for this public event. It is a special opportunity for anyone who wants to be part of an historic moment to get involved and hear Ban Ki-moon’s address.”

The event will feature a speech by Ban Ki-moon, followed by an interactive session moderated by UNA-UK chairman and former UK ambassador to the UN Sir Jeremy Greenstock. After a decade as secretary general, Ban Ki-moon will be stepping down at the end of the year.

In October 2015, Central Hall Westminster was the only English landmark to take part in a global initiative to turn landmarks UN blue on United Nations day. More than 200 landmarks around the world, from the pyramids at Giza to the Sydney Opera House, took part to mark and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN.

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