First ever official LEGO® Model of the UN completed by Ban Ki-moon
NEW YORK CITY, United States, 20 September, 2013; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today added the last LEGO element to a large scale LEGO model of the United Nations’ Headquarters.
NEW YORK CITY, United States, 20 September, 2013; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today added the last LEGO element to a large scale LEGO model of the United Nations’ Headquarters, as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit focused on “Architects of a Better World.” The Leaders Summit is the flagship event of the world’s largest sustainability initiative, designed to bring business and civil societies together in support of UN goals.
The completion of the 1.65m tall model followed a series of exercises in which global CEOs used specially-designed creativity kits of LEGO bricks to build their vision of a stronger future for education, human rights and the environment. The Secretary-General finalized the UN model with the Chairman of the LEGO Foundation, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and Foundation CEO, Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary by his side.
“Inspiring and helping children to develop is at the heart of everything the LEGO Foundation does,” said Mr. Kirk Kristiansen. “I’d like to thank the Secretary-General for all of his efforts to bring focus to the importance of global education and the value of quality learning experiences. Quality learning, like quality play, has an absolutely fundamental role in inspiring children and helping them to develop the vital skills that they need for today’s world.”
“Just as the UN is a symbol of how we can come together to try and build a better world, I hope that this model will serve as a symbol of the LEGO Foundation’s commitment to unlocking every child’s potential,” said Mr. Kirk Kristiansen.
Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, chairman of the LEGO Foundation, and Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, LEGO Foundation CEO, celebrating a scaled model of the United Nation headquarters in New York City, with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. The model displayed at the UN scales to 165cm high x 240cm wide x 168cm deep, and provides an authentic representation of the UN Headquarters. The model used a total of 90,300 LEGO bricks.