Press Releases

23 June 2008

"You Have the Right to Play"
Children's Summer Programme at the UN Offices in Vienna

30 June - 29 August 2008

VIENNA, 23 June (UN Information Service) -- Children's Rights - what are they? Are they valid for all children or just for a few? Why do children need special rights?  Who wrote them?  These and many other questions are the focus of this year's summer programme for children ("Ferienspiel")  at the United Nations Offices in Vienna.

As in previous years, the United Nations Visitors Service is again offering a special summer programme for children aged 6 to 13 as part of the City of Vienna's "Ferienspiel". Throughout the Austrian school holidays, from 30 June to 29 August, there is a special guided tour for the 6-10 age range every weekday at 9:30 a.m. Older children (10-13) can participate in an interactive programme around the main topic of human rights and children's rights every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m.. Groups can also book a special " Ferienspiel" tour at any other time 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. The programme is available in German, English and several other languages upon request.

Our main focus of human rights and children's rights is particularly relevant this year as we mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Participants will learn about their rights in a playful and interactive way, and discuss the importance of universally applicable rights. In addition, the children will gain an insight into the work of the United Nations, learn about the 192 Member States, the six official languages, as well as about the work of the Vienna-based organizations.

As part of the City of Vienna's "Ferienspiel", the admission fee is 1 Euro per child, 3 Euros for adults (instead of 5). Reservations are required for larger groups and adults need to present a valid picture ID.

Our regular public tours continue throughout the summer at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m, Monday - Friday.

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For more information and for group bookings, please contact:

United Nations Visitors Service, Vienna
Tel.:   (+43-1) 26060-3328
Fax:  (+43-1) 26060-5991