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UNIS/MA/248
23 May 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to join ceremony for 40 th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre on visit to Austria

Photo and media opportunities on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 May 2019

VIENNA, 23 May (UN Information Service) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will attend a special ceremony to mark the 40 th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre during a long-scheduled visit to Austria from 27 to 28 May 2019.

On Monday 27 May, the Secretary-General will address the commemorative event at the Vienna International Centre, and is scheduled to meet Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl. The Secretary-General will also meet the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna and Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, and heads of Vienna-based UN organizations.

The ceremony is scheduled to be attended by the Austrian President, the Foreign Minister and the Mayor and Governor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig. There will be a world premiere of a fanfare dedicated to the United Nations, composed by Johanna Doderer and entitled hundred ninety three+, with the soloist Yury Revich.

The Secretary-General will also attend a reception at Vienna City Hall on Monday 27 May.

The Secretary-General will also attend a 'Day of Action' with the United Nations Messenger of Peace, Yo-Yo Ma.

On Tuesday 28 May, the Secretary-General will deliver a keynote address during the R20 Austrian World Summit, an annual event on sustainable development organized by Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California. The Secretary-General will meet climate activist Greta Thunberg. The Secretary-General is also expected to have bilateral meetings with other senior leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

Media representatives are invited to attend the following events:

1. Photo opportunity with the Secretary-General and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen

Date: Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 3.30 p.m., please arrive by 3 p.m.
Venue: Hofburg, Ballhausplatz, 1010, Vienna

2. Joint press stakeout with the Secretary-General and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen

Date: Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 3.50 p.m., please arrive by 3.30 p.m.
Venue: Hofburg, Ballhausplatz, 1010, Vienna

3. Photo opportunity for the arrival of the Secretary-General at the Vienna International Centre

Date: Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 4.20 p.m., please arrive by 3.50 p.m.
Venue: Plaza, Vienna International Centre

4. Address to the Ceremony for the 40 th anniversary of the Vienna International Centre

Date: Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 4.30 p.m., please arrive by 4 p.m.
Venue: Rotunda, C-Building, Vienna International Centre
Livestream available here: www.unvienna.org/40years 

5. Photo opportunity with the Secretary-General and the Mayor and Governor of Vienna, Michael Ludwig

Date: Monday 27 May 2019
Time: 6.30 p.m. please arrive by 6 p.m.
Venue: Vienna City Hall, Festsaal (Grand Hall), Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, Vienna

6.Address to the R20 Austrian World Summit 2019

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019
Time: 9.40 a.m., please arrive by 9 a.m.
Venue: Hofburg Palace, Heldenplatz, Vienna
Livestream available here: www.austrianworldsummit.com/

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Accreditation for the media

Austrian President's Office

For accreditation please contact the President's Office.

Vienna International Centre

For media accreditation to the events at the Vienna International Centre (VIC): all media representatives including those with yearly accreditation to the VIC, are requested to register for the event by contacting press.vienna@un.org. Deadline: 12 noon Friday 24 May 2019.

Vienna City Hall

For accreditation please contact the Vienna City press office.

R20 Austrian World Summit

For accreditation please contact Natascha Unger (email: natascha.unger[at]austrianworldsummit.com)

Day of Action with Yo-Yo Ma

For further information please contact Ruth Schoeffl at UNHCR (email: schoeffl[at]unhcr.org)

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For further information about the visit of the Secretary-General to Austria 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