Visit the United Nations in Vienna

Lecture Programme

If you are an educator, a group of students in higher education or an expert group and would like a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of the United Nations' 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.

Programme outline

  • A lecture programme consists of a guided tour plus 1-2 thematic lectures.
  • We are able to offer single-day programmes only.
  • Lecture programmes are usually scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Booking information

Please send an email to our Lecture Coordinator to request a lecture programme: lectures[at]

Due to the high number of requests, please note the following information:

  • 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.
  • We do not offer lectures for high school students, who are encouraged to participate in our other programmes.
  • 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.

Lecture Topics

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 topic

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


United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

a) International trade law

NB - for law students only


United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

a) Overview of UN Environment's work
b) Special topic

[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


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 topic

[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 other lecture options: lectures[at]