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Shoppers in Vienna find out more about the work of the United Nations

The UN family in Vienna celebrated this year’s United Nations Day (24 October) with an exhibition about how they are contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the “Westfield Donau Zentrum”, the biggest inner-city shopping centre in Vienna.

For two days on 20 and 21 October, staff from six different Vienna-based UN entities spoke to shoppers who visited the information stands in the centre about their work in Vienna and abroad. The following organizations were there: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Austria and UN Information Service (UNIS) Vienna.

Representatives from the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the City of Vienna were also there to inform visitors about the role of Austria and Vienna as host country and host city to the United Nations and the importance of Austria in the United Nations.

There were special activities for the younger audience, like the “Climate Action Superhero” game to empower kids to be heroic leaders for change and believe in the impact they can have on the planet. Visitors were invited to make their own SDG buttons and magnets and take a UN Vienna balloon back home. The visitors also showed great interest in the exhibition and the educational material provided by the different organizations, such as flyers, booklets, and stickers. One shopper said: “We all know that Vienna is home to UNO-City but we do not know much about the work that goes on there. I learnt more about the work of the different organizations which was very interesting.”

The event was coordinated by UNIS Vienna in cooperation with Westfield Donau Zentrum, Vienna-based organizations and the support of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Foreign Ministry.