Note to Correspondents

Note No. 240
27 March 2003

M E D I A    A D V I S O R Y



Austria Centre Vienna (ACV),
on 16-17 April 2003

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs is the central policy-making body within the United Nations system dealing with drug-related matters. It analyses the world drug situation and develops proposals to strengthen the international drug control system.

This year’s 46th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs has a special importance since it provides Member States an opportunity for a mid-term review of the implementation of the ten-year action plans adopted at the UN General Assembly’s 20th Special Session on the global drug problem (8-10 June 1998).

On 16-17 April, the Commission will meet at the ministerial level to take stock of the following: the extent to which the General Assembly-established goals have been met; the obstacles and challenges encountered; and the prospects for more effective international drug control.

Media arrangements

  • The CND Ministerial-level Meeting will be held on 16 and 17 April 2003 in the Austria Centre Vienna.
  • Media representatives will have work space and media facilities assigned at the Austria Centre Vienna.
  • Grounds passes will be issued allowing for easy transfer from ACV to the VIC and back.
  • The Spokesperson of the 46th CND Session is Mr. Kemal Kurspahic.
  • The plenary meeting will be open to the media.
  • A Ministerial Segment Preview Press Briefing will be held on 15 April, 11a.m., in Room CO3, Vienna International Centre.
  • Details of other press briefings will be announced later.

Media accreditation

  • Bona fide media representatives -- press, photo, radio, television, and film -- will be accredited to cover the CND Ministerial Segment.

  • Journalists already accredited to the United Nations in Vienna do not need extra accreditation.
  • Media credentials issued at UN Headquarters in New York or Geneva will not allow access to the UN Office at Vienna or to the Austria Centre Vienna.

Accreditation will be given at Gate 1 of the Vienna International Centre (VIC) on
15 April, 10 a.m.-12pm and 2-4 p.m.;
16 April, 8-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.; and
17 April, 8-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

To obtain a pass two IDs with photos (passport, official national press pass, driver’s license, work ID, etc.) must be presented.


Journalists are strongly encouraged to pre-register. To obtain accreditation journalists should send the attached application, accompanied by a copy of their press card and a letter of assignment, issued on an official letterhead, and signed by the Editor or Bureau Chief. It should be faxed before 14 April 2003 to:

Media Accreditation Assistant

United Nations Information Service, Vienna
Tel: (+ 43-1) 260 60 4677 or 4666
Fax: (+ 43-1) 26060 5899

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For any other substantive queries please contact:

Kemal Kurspahic, Spokesman
Tel: (43+1) 26060 5629 or 4116
Fax: (43+1) 26060 5875

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For Request of Accredation of Media Representatives
Click here

Note: Journalists accredited are requested to make
their own flight and hotel bookings