The United Nations Information Service Vienna invites you to the

    Closing Ceremony of the Photo Exhibition

    "Roads to Freedom"

    on

    Friday, 11 November 2005, at 17:00 hours

    in the

    Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    Lech Walesa
    Former President of Poland

    Jacek Bylica
    Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations (Vienna)

    and

    Antonio Maria Costa
    Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)

    will address the event.

    The Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations (Vienna) and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Austria is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the trade union "Solidarnosc", and the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, in a two-week long series of events being held at the VIC, from 31 October - 11 November 2005. The events aim at paying tribute to the role of the Solidarnosc movement in recent Polish and European history.

    The events encompass two exhibitions; one titled "Roads to Freedom" on display in the VIC Rotunda, and an exhibition of posters by Polish artists, to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, on display at the VIC restaurant. The exhibition "Roads to Freedom" presents the post-war history of Poland in thematic blocks. The history of the resurrection of Gdansk which has been the cradle of the "Solidarity" movement from 1980 onwards, everyday life in communist Poland (Polish People's Republic), the pilgrimages to the homeland of Pope John Paul II, and the uprising in the shipyard are presented in a series of dramatic black-and-white photos. "Roads to Freedom" can be viewed as part of a guided tour of the VIC. Media, members of permanent missions, NGOs and staff are invited to attend.

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    For information contact:

    Jaya Mohan, Associate Information Officer, UNIS
    tel: + 43 1 26060 4448 or email: jaya.mohan@unvienna.org

    For information on guided tours, contact:

    UNIS Vienna Visitors Service
    tel: + 43 1 26060 3328 or email: tours@unvienna.org