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    UNIS/VIC/218
    2 July 2018

    INVITATION

    To mark International Danube Day 2018

    the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) -

     in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna invite you to events for

    Danube Day 2018 "Get active for a healthier Danube!"

    Wednesday, 4 July and Thursday 5 July 2018

    Vienna International Centre (VIC), Rotunda

    Wagramerstrasse 5, 1220 Vienna

    Programme:

    Day 1: Wednesday 4 July

    1 PM - 2 PM, Rotunda, VIC

    Welcome and exhibit opening by Ivan Zavadsky, Executive Secretary, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

    Remarks by Cristian Istrate,Permanent Representative of Romania to Austria, Permanent Mission of Romania (tbc)

    Remarks by Susanne Brandstetter, Chairperson of the ICPDR Public Participation Expert Group, Unit for Strategic Communication and Information, Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    Remarks by Veronika Koller-Kreimel,Chairperson of the ICPDR Hydromorphology Task Group, Division IV/3 - National and International Water Management Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    The event is moderated by Martin Nesirky, Director, UNIS Vienna

     Screening of the short films "Danube Day" and "Danube Art Master"

    Day 2: Thursday 5 July

    10 AM - 12 AM, Rotunda, VIC

    The exhibition will feature a "meet the press" session with special guest Pascal Rösler, who has traversed 2,467 km of the Danube River on his stand-up paddle board (SUP), and felt the incredible power of the water, and the great importance water has for our lives. This expedition was documented in a film " 2467 - Eine Reise bis ins Schwarze Meer" which will be shown at the UNIS cinema room, G0575 (German with English subtitles) after the press meeting.  

    Screening of the films "Danube Day" and "Danube Art Master" at UNIS cinema room (G0575)

    1 PM - 2 PM, UNIS cinema room, VIC

    The exhibition is open at the Vienna International Centre until 1pm Friday 6 July 2018.

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    Registration:

    For registration to attend the event,please send an email to secretariat@icpdr.org by latest 3 July 2018.

    Media accreditation:

    Media representatives who wish to attend the event and do not hold a valid VIC grounds pass should write to press.unvienna@un.org by latest 3 July 2018.

    The International Danube Day was initiated by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the organisation responsible for achieving a cleaner, healthier and safer Danube River for all citizens to enjoy.

    The exhibition showcases some of the highlights of previous and ongoing celebrations of International Danube Day. It is a celebration of healthier rivers following 24 years of ground breaking international cooperation. During June and July, riverside festivals, public meetings and fun, educational events pay tribute to the Danube river, its peoples and the progress being made. The events strengthen "Danube solidarity": in spite of different cultures and histories, we have a shared desire and responsibility to protect our precious resource.

    The Danube River Basin is the most international river basin in the world, covering 817,000 kilometres and embracing 18 countries. From the Black Forest in Germany to the Black Sea at the Romanian-Ukrainian border, it is home to over 80 million people. The Danube and its tributaries, the Inn, Morava, Drava, Tisza, Sava, Iskar, Siret and Prut, are rivers of life, providing people with water, food, power, livelihood, recreation, and a commercial link to the rest of Europe. The rivers are a unifying force, bringing together communities with very different cultures, languages, and histories.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Hélène Masliah-Gilkarov
    International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4373
    Email:  helene.masliah-gilkarov@icpdr.org

    Recipients of this invitation who do not hold a valid VIC grounds pass are requested to provide the following details: Title: Mr. or Ms; First name; Last name [surname]; date of birth; type of ID: driving license, legitimation card, national identity card, passport or student's card; the number of the identity document; and country of issuance.

    Invitees should send an e-mail listing all the above details, and indicating 'Danube Day 2018 Registration" in the subject line.

    Participants are reminded that they should bring the means of identification they listed in their submissions. They must present that document (and no other) on entering the VIC through Gate 1, together with a copy of this invitation.