United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna

    Bringing the United Nations Closer to the Public

    UNIS Vienna is part of a 63-strong network of United Nations Information Centres spanning the globe, from Accra to Yaoundé, which are part of the Department of Public Information (DPI). They share a common goal: to help fulfil the substantive purposes of the United Nations by communicating the activities and concerns of the Organization to the public.

    UNIS Vienna plays a dual role: as UN Information Centre it serves four client countries - Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. By serving as the local voice of the UN in these countries, UNIS Vienna aims to promote an informed understanding of the work and goals of the United Nations, by reaching out to media, government, academia, schools and civil society organizations. Furthermore, UNIS provides public information support and promotional services to the substantive programmes of the United Nations based in Vienna, and acts as Secretariat to the United Nations Communications Group in Vienna.

    What services does UNIS Vienna offer?

    1. Media accreditation: if you are a journalist based in Vienna, and wish to access the Vienna International Centre, your first port of call is the UNIS media accreditation office. The office issues annual accreditation to bona-fide representatives of the media who are writing on UN system issues, on the basis of certain criteria. For more information, call (+43-1) 26060 3342 or write to: press@unvienna.org. As a journalist accredited to the UN, you will receive access to the Vienna International Centre, the latest information on the happenings in the UN world in Vienna and beyond, invitations to events and press briefings being organized at the VIC and more.
    2. Library: the UNIS library is a rich repository of information from all over the United Nations system. Reference documents, Security Council resolutions, the latest sales publications, the latest UN reports and more are available in the library, along with UN posters and handout material on a variety of subjects. The United Nations Information Service reference library in Vienna is open to visitors, journalists and students (upon prior appointment) and to all UN staff members. A wide range of reference material on all aspects of the United Nations System is available, especially on issues dealt with by the Vienna-based UN organizations dealing with drugs control, crime prevention and outer space affairs. You can also browse through and pick up a wide range of information and promotional material free-of-charge (handouts, reports, posters). The library also offers sales publications in limited quantities free of cost.
    3. Lecture programme: If you are interested in hearing a UN expert brief you on subjects ranging from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, or why the world still needs the UN, UNIS Vienna can arrange a briefing or a series of lectures for your group, simply by contacting: lectures@unvienna.org
    4. Civil society liaison: Over 1,500 civil society organizations with strong information programmes on issues of concern to the UN are associated with the UN Department of Public Information, linking the UN with people around the world. The NGO liaison service of UNIS Vienna maintains a distribution list of approximately 400 local NGO representatives, research institutes, political think tanks and initiatives of civil society. If you are interested in the work of the UN in specific areas, contact us to join the list, or to work with UNIS Vienna on specific themes, such as the organization of special United Nations observances (i.e. International Peace Day, Human Rights Day, etc.).
    5. Website: UNIS Vienna maintains a website providing information resources and current updates on the work of the United Nations and the Vienna-based organizations in English, German, Hungarian, Slovak and Slovene language versions at: www.unis.unvienna.org
    6. Publications and information products: UNIS Vienna produces a wide range of information products on the work of the United Nations and current international issues, including German, Hungarian, Slovak and Slovene language versions of press releases, backgrounders and Secretary-General's statements, as well as information on the work of the Vienna-based organizations in English and other languages. All publications are available on our website at: www.unis.unvienna.org

    For information contact:

    United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna

    Vienna International Centre
    PO Box 500, 1400 Vienna, Austria
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-3325
    Email: unis@unvienna.org
    Website: www.unis.unvienna.org