Press Releases

    Note No. 245
    9 April 2003

    MEDIA ARRANGEMENTS

    FOR THE

    MINISTERIAL SEGMENT OF THE FORTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS (CND)

    held on 16-17 April 2003
    at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV)

    General Information: The Ministerial Segment of the Forty-Sixth Session of the Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND) will be held on 16 and 17 April 2003 at the Austria Center adjoining the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

    Photo Opportunity: A brief photo opportunity for TV/photographers only will be organized prior to the start of the formal opening which will take place on Wednesday, 16 April at 9.30 a.m. at Hall D of the Austria Center. Interested media are requested to arrive by 9.15 a.m. This may be a pool arrangement, or it may be open to all TV/photographers.

    Press Briefings: A Ministerial Segment Preview Press Briefing will be held on 15 April, 11 a.m., in Room CO3, Vienna International Centre.

    On Tuesday, 15 April at 11 a.m. (Vienna International Centre – Room CO3) – Ministerial Segment Preview Press Briefing with the CND Chairman, Patricia Olamendi of Mexico; Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director, UNODC; and James Callahan, Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC.

    On Wednesday, 16 April – (tentatively 1:30 p.m.) at Austria Center Press Briefing Room, D 357 - Press briefing(s) with chairmen/speakers of the ancillary technical experts meetings (on HIV/AIDS, treatment and rehabilitation, law enforcement and alternative development)

    On Wednesday, 16 April, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., – NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs Forum on UNODC Operational Priorities: How NGOs Can Help (Vienna International Centre – Conference Room I)

    On Thursday, 17 April (tentatively 1:30 p.m. – Austria Center Press Working Area) – Press briefing with the CND Chairman, Mr. Costa, and chairmen of all four round-tables discussing the following drug control issues:

    • Challenges, new trends and patterns of the world drug problem;
    • Countering illicit drug supply;
    • Strengthening international cooperation in countering the world drug problem, based on the principle of shared responsibility; and
    • Demand reduction and preventive policies

    Other details or changes in the time or venue of press briefings for the Ministerial segment will be announced later. We will advertise them on the flip chart in the journalist’s working area set up for the Ministerial segment (D357 and the foyer in front of D357, Austria Center) as soon as we have the information.

    Media Facilities: There are facilities for journalists in D357 and the Foyer in front of D357 in the Austria Center. D357 has 3 PC workstations and 3 plug-ins for notebooks at the back of the premises. In addition, there are 2 plug-ins for notebooks in the foyer in front of D357, which can be accessed via modem dial-up. There are also three telephone lines for local calls.

    In the foyer in front of D357 there will be a counter, manned by a UNIS staff member. A fax machine (+43-1-26060-6728), a telephone, both with international access codes, and a photocopier will be available.

    TV, available both in D357 and in the Foyer, will provide closed circuit broadcasting of the CND Ministerial segment, as well as CNN.

    ACV Access: Access to the ACV is through the main ACV entrance, or through the G-building of the Vienna International Centre. Once accreditation has been issued at Gate 1 of the Vienna International Centre, you can either exit the VIC or walk over to the Austria Center to access the main entrance. Or after receiving your pass you can proceed to G-building, where you can cross over directly to the ACV at the OE level.

    SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT THE

    VIENNA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, 2003

    Banking services

    Bank Austria and Creditanstalt

    Wednesday and Friday

    Thursday

    0900-1500

    0900-1730

    PSK

    Monday-Friday

    0800-1800

    UNFCU

    Wednesday and Friday

    Thursday

    0830-1600

    0830-1700

    Catering facilities

     

    Cafeteria

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Coffee Corner

    Monday-Friday

    Monday-Friday

    Monday-Friday

    Note: There is no service in the cafeteria between 1000 - 1130

    0730-1000

    1130-1430

    0800-1000

    1130-1530

    Restaurant

    Dining-room

    Cocktail Lounge Bar

    Monday-Friday

    Monday-Friday

    1130-1500

    1130-1500

    1630-2000

    Delegates lounge

    C02

    Monday-Friday

    0830-1600

    Medical Service

    Reception

    Monday-Friday

    0830-1730

    Clinics

    Mon. Tues. Wed. and Friday

    Thursday

    0830-1200

    1400-1630

    0830-1200

    1400-1500

    News-stand

     

    Monday-Friday

    0800-1800

    Post Office

     

    Monday-Friday

    0800-1800

    Travel agencies

    American Express Travel Service

    Monday-Friday

    0830-1700

    Österreichisches Verkehrsbüro

    Monday-Friday

    0830-1700

    United Nations Pass Office

     

    Monday-Friday

    0800-1600

    Your ID card must be worn visibly at all times while on both the ACV and the VIC Premises. You are kindly requested to both heed security regulations and follow the instructions of security personnel.