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UNIS/MA/157
2 December 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to visit Austria

Media invited to press conference  and various events

VIENNA, 2 December (UN Information Service) - On his final official overseas trip away from headquarters, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Austria from 7 to 9 December 2016.

The Secretary-General will meet Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Youth Employment and former Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann.

The Secretary-General will attend an unveiling ceremony of Sustainable Development Goals branding at the Vienna International Centre. Mr. Ban will also visit a restaurant run by refugees and Austrians, Habibi & Hawara, as part of the Together campaign which promotes diversity and inclusion. The global campaign led by the United Nations to counter xenophobia,  emphasizes direct personal contact between host communities and refugees and migrants and highlights the positive contributions made by refugees and migrants.

On the International Anti-Corruption Day, Friday 9 December, the Secretary-General will attend and deliver remarks at an Anti-Corruption Excellence Award Ceremony hosted  by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar at the Hofburg Palace.

While in Vienna Mr. Ban will also meet the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, representatives of the other Vienna-based UN organizations and address staff.

Media representatives are invited to attend the following events:

1.Joint Press stakeout with the Secretary-General and the Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time: 13:00 - 13:25, please arrive by 12:45
Venue: Austrian Foreign Ministry, Minoritenplatz 8, 1010, Vienna

Accreditation: pre-registration is required - for details see below.
Deadline for registration: 18:00 on Tuesday 6 December

2. Photo & media opportunity: Unveiling ceremony of the Sustainable Development Goals branding at the Vienna International Centre with brief remarks by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time: 14:30 - 15:00, please arrive by 14.15
Venue: Vienna International Centre, Gate 1

Accreditation: pre-registration is required - for details see below.
Please register by 14:00 on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

3. Photo & media opportunity: Visit to the Habibi & Hawara restaurant with brief remarks by the Secretary-General to highlight the Together campaign

Date: Thursday 8 December 2016
Time: 15:00-15:30
Venue: Habibi & Hawara, Wipplinger Strasse 29, 1010 Vienna
Please arrive by 14:30

Accreditation: pre-registration is required - for details see below.
Please register by 15:00 on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

4. Photo opportunity: Unveiling ceremony of the sculpture for the Anti-corruption Excellence Award Ceremony with the Secretary-General and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar

Date: Friday 9 December 2016
Time: 13:00
Venue: Vienna International Centre, Memorial Plaza
Please arrive by 12:30

Accreditation: pre-registration is required - for details see below. 
Please register by 13:00 on Thursday 8 December 2016.

5. Address by the Secretary-General at the Anti-corruption Excellence Award ceremony hosted by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of Qatar

Date: Friday 9 December 2016
Time: 13:30
Venue: Hofburg Palace, Festsaal
Accreditation: pre-registration is required - for details see below.

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Media representatives who wish to attend the press conference at the Austrian Foreign Ministry should send their names and media outlet to pk-anmeldungen@bmeia.gv.at . Please register by 18:00 on Tuesday 6 December.

For media accreditation to the events at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and the Habibi & Hawara restaurant: all Media representatives need to register to be able to attend these events, including those with yearly accreditation to the VIC. Please register by contacting press@unvienna.org.

For further information about media accreditation and arrangements for the media for Anti-corruption Excellence Award ceremony please contact Catherine Sharrott (email: catherine.sharrott@bm.com)

For further information about the visit of the Secretary-General to Austria please contact:

Martin Nesirky
Director, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5676
Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-5676
Email: martin.nesirky[at]unvienna.org

or

Anne Thomas
Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5588
Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-5588
Email: anne.thomas[at]unvienna.org