UN Peacekeepers: Together for Peace
Since the first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948 more than 3,300 military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives in the service of peace as a result of acts of violence, accidents and disease. On International Day of UN Peacekeepers on 29 May, we honour our fallen peacekeepers. As it is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations this year, we are also reflecting on the past, present and future of UN Peacekeeping and reaffirm our commitment to working 'Together for Peace'.
Free and equal
Today, in 76 countries, having a partner of the same sex is a prosecutable crime - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people may be fined, imprisoned or even executed because of who they are and whom they love. As part of its Free & Equal campaign, the UN human rights office has released a short video called 'Faces' which celebrates the contributions that LGBT people make to families and local communities everywhere.
See Conchita Wurst's Dress at UN
Visit the United Nations in Vienna during the Eurovision song contest and see the dress worn by 2014 winner Conchita Wurst when she visited the Vienna International Centre (VIC). The singer met the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in Vienna last November and performed her winning Eurovision song at the VIC.
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.