"Our World in the Year 2000", an art exhibition in aid of UNICEF, will open on Thursday, 20 July, in the United Nations General Assembly Lobby. It is sponsored by Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN, and Lady Greenstock. In selecting it as the official UN Millennium Art Exhibit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan felt that it was a splendid example of how the universal language of art can cross boundaries and barriers, bringing nations together to promote greater understanding among peoples and cultures.

It will be two years, on 21 July, since Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, took over as Director-General of the World Health Organization in Geneva.

The first UN international civil servant to die in UN service, Ole Helge Bakke, was killed on 13 July 1948.

By winning the European Football (Soccer) Cup, France started its 14 July national celebration three weeks earlier.