Backpack filled with maps and thousands of smiles to distribute around the world, Elyx is setting off on a 70 day world tour on 15 August. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the organisation, the UN digital ambassador will embark on a journey to meet a wide variety of people and places on five continents. UN staff and volunteers will be Elyx’s guide and will introduce you to their daily work.
Elyx is starting this journey in France, where, in 2011, the French artist Yacine Ait Kaci, “Yak” first created Elyx. France is a founding member of the United Nations as Elyx discovered, and a permanent member of the Security Council.
Paris, also known as the Ville-Lumière (city of lights), is well-known for the Eiffel Tower as well as other famous monuments, but Elyx also learned that the “Palais de Chaillot” hosted the UN General Assembly twice before moving to New York in 1951. In 1948, the Palais Chaillot was also host to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Like Elyx, France is dedicated to the fight against climate change. Paris will host the COP21, the UN Climate change conference at the end of November.
French is one of the six UN official languages. France is the fourth highest contributor to the UN General Budget and third highest contributor to the peacekeeping budget.
To prepare for the next destination, Chile, Elyx decided to exercise a bit and went hiking on Mont Blanc.(Photo: Yak)