Visit the United Nations in Vienna

Lectures and special briefings

If you are a group of students in higher education or an expert group and would like a more in-depth look at an aspect of the United Nations family's work, please contact the Visitors Service to request a lecture programme. The Visitors Service will coordinate your request with speakers from the international organizations based at the Vienna International Centre.

Due to the high number of requests, please note the following information about booking a lecture with us:

  • The minimum group size to book a lecture is 20 people.
  • The standard language for lectures is English, one of the working languages of the United Nations. It may be possible to hold lectures in other languages depending on the availability of speakers.
  • A lecture programme consists of a one-hour guided tour plus one or two thematic lectures, within one day. Lecture programmes are usually scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.
  • We do not offer lectures for high school students, who are encouraged to take advantage of our extended guided tours.
  • Requests for lectures must be sent at least six weeks in advance.
  • Visiting groups will be requested to provide ID information through an on-line form in advance of their visit.
  • To book please email

Subject to the availability of speakers, lectures can be organized on the following topics:

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO):

a) Overview of CTBTO's work

b) Nuclear testing, non-proliferation and disarmament

c) Verification science

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):

a) Overview of the IAEA's work

b) Special topics

[Nuclear technology for development; nuclear safety; nuclear energy; nuclear security; nuclear verification and non-proliferation]

Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All):

a) SE4All and the role of energy in the post-2015 development agenda

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL):

a) International trade law (NB - for law students only)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Vienna - Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention:

a) Overview of UNEP's work

b) Special topics

[Carpathian Convention and Sustainable Mountain Development, Cooperation in South East Europe]

United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO):

a) Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID)

United Nations Information Service (UNIS):

a) The role of the UN in international affairs

b) The Sustainable Development Goals

c) Peacekeeping

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):

a) Overview of the UN's work on drugs and crime

b) Special topics

[Sustainable development and the rule of law; wildlife and forest crime; illicit drugs; corruption; counter-terrorism; money laundering, terrorism financing and illicit financial flows; trafficking in human beings; migrant smuggling; transnational organized crime; criminal justice and prison reform]

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA):

a) Outer space applications for sustainable development

b) Treaties governing outer space

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)

a) Understanding exposure to radiation from multiple sources - accidents, medical, natural and manmade

If you do not find the Vienna-based organization you are interested in on the above list, please inquire with the Visitors Service about lecture options.

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