1 April, 2014 – On Saturday 29 March the UN system participated widely in the 2014 edition of Earth Hour, a symbolic global initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) encouraging individuals, companies, organizations and governments throughout the world to switch off their lights for one hour.

The UN Secretariat in New York City shut its lights down for over three hours.

Other participating UN offices worldwide included the UN Office in Geneva, UN Information centres in Ankara, Moscow, Rabat, the UN Office in Tbilisi where a candle-lit live music party was organized, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

In the lead-up to the September Climate Summit Earth Hour allowed the UN System at large to demonstrate its commitment to support action on climate change.