18 May 2006

Images of Bucharest to Be Exhibited at VIC

VIENNA, May (UN Information Service) -- An exhibition of photographs showing Bucharest in the last century will be opened on Monday 22 May at the Vienna International Centre by the Chairman of the Francophone Ambassadors Group, Liviu Bota of Romania.

The exhibition entitled Bucharest, the little Paris has been organized as part of the preparations for the 11th Summit of the International Organizations of Francophonie which is being held in the Romanian capital in September 2006. 

The exhibition consists of 40 photographs showing the most picturesque areas of Bucharest taken over the last 70 years by the national press agency, Rompres. The architectural styles are similar to those in Paris.

There are also two panels of stamps showing images of Bucharest. This is the first time these photographs have been shown in Austria.  The exhibition will be on display later in Graz. It has already been shown in Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw.

The Ambassador of Romania, Liviu Bota, along with the Ambassadors of Burkina Faso, Béatrice Damiba, whose country is currently President of the Summit, and France, François-Xavier Deniau, will officially open the exhibition at 12:30 on Monday 22 May.  There will be a small reception at the opening event.

According to Ambassador Bota, this is the first time a country from Eastern Europe has hosted a Summit of the International Organization of Francohponie. 'Information technology in education' is the theme of the Summit which brings together 63 Heads of State and Government from the countries, members and observers to the International Organization of Francophonie.

The exhibition can be viewed until 26 May as part of a guided tour of the VIC, organized by the UNIS Visitors Service.


The media, NGOs and UN staff are welcome to attend the official opening of the exhibition at 12.30 on Monday 22 May in the Rotunda.

Please present this invitation along with a valid identification document upon entry to the Vienna International Centre (VIC).


For information on guided tours, contact:

UNIS Visitors Service
Telephone: +43-1-260 60 3328
E-mail: Tours@unvienna.org
Or visit our website: www.unis.unvienna.org