The UN on Saturday switched off the lights at its headquarters for one hour to observe the annual “Earth Hour”.
The Earth Hour is an annual global event that seeks to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in a statement in New York stated that the other UN facilities around the world observed it.
Ban, said that it observed the symbolic power outage “in solidarity with men, women and children – 20 per cent of all humankind – who live with no access to electricity. ”
He explained that UN had in September launched an initiative to achieve universal and sustainable access to the vital resource, called Earth Hour “a symbol of our commitment to sustainable energy for all. ”
He said that the move underscored the need to “fuel our future with clean, efficient and affordable energy.
“Earth Hour launched in 2007 in Australia by the World Wide Fund for Nature, calls for people, organisations and cities to turn off their non-essential light for one hour starting at 8:30 p. m local time. ”
The UN scribe said that this was the third year that the UN had joined hundreds of millions of people around the world in switching off the lights.
Ban added that last year, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries participated in the event, noting that this symbolic call to action on climate change was not intended as an energy-saving measure.
He however, explained that the event organisers were asking people to “go beyond the hour” and take meaningful steps to reduce their energy consumption.