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UNIS/MA/255
29 July 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY

'UNO City' opens its doors to the public for anniversary event

Open House Day on 8 September 2019 as Vienna International Centre marks 40 years

VIENNA, 29 July (UN Information Service) - The public are being invited to come and see inside the Vienna International Centre (VIC) as part of its 40 th anniversary events this year. An Open House Day will be held on Sunday 8 September, from 14:00 to 17:00.

A varied programme of information and entertainment will provide visitors with an insight into the world of the United Nations family in Vienna. There will be exhibitions, films and presentations about the work of the organizations based in the Vienna International Centre.

The spectrum of topics covered by the Vienna-based UN organizations ranges from drug control and crime prevention to the peaceful uses of outer space; from industrial development to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and banning nuclear weapons tests; from supporting refugees to international trade law, and the protection of the environment in the Danube basin and the Carpathian mountains.

To enter the grounds of the Vienna International Centre, all visitors will have to pass a security check and show a valid official identification document (national ID card, passport or driving licence; a paper copy or a photo of the ID is not acceptable).

Background:

The United Nations headquarters in Vienna is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, marking four decades of diplomacy in the heart of Europe. The Vienna International Centre (VIC), also known locally as "UNO City", was officially inaugurated on 23 August 1979. Today, around 5,000 employees from more than 125 countries are working to improve the lives of people around the world through the United Nations family of organizations and agencies in Vienna.

Construction of the Vienna International Centre started in 1972 and was completed seven years later.

Since 2015, the VIC has been climate neutral. Among its 2,500 parking spaces are electric vehicle charging stations powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

More information is available here: www.unvienna.org/40years

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Accreditation for the media

Media representatives, including those with yearly accreditation to the VIC, are requested to register for the event by contacting press.vienna@un.org. Deadline: Thursday 5 September 2019.

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For further information 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