World Book and Copyright Day
"The history of the written word is the history of humanity," says UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova in her message for the day when we pay tribute to books and authors, and on which day Cervantes and Shakespeare died. Besides discovering the pleasure of reading we should also remember what Malala Yousafzai said in her speech at the UN: "Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons."
Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, cities have to keep up with the times and reduce their carbon footprint. They have to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, to answer the environmental challenges of our times. The Green Cities campaign is mobilizing a global movement to accelerate this transition.
People cannot wait
Due to the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic more than half of the country's population needs humanitarian aid. The Security Council has just approved the establishment of a UN peacekeeping mission to protect civilians and to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, and the World Food Programme's (WFP) emergency food assistance is helping to feed people in need. But now also the helpers are asking for your help: wfp.org/car
The United Nations in Vienna offers you a unique opportunity to get an insight into global policy making. We are the world centre for issues such as nuclear explosions, hi-tech satellites and international crime prevention and you can be a part of it.
We also offer group lectures and tours on specialized topics and for children.
Space Exhibit, 7 to 18 April: A unique exhibition showcasing examples of handwritten messages UNOOSA has received from the many men and women who have travelled into space after Gagarin's historic flight on 12 April 1961 can be viewed in the Vienna International Centre as part of the regular tours organized by the UN Visitor's Service.