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    25 July 2014


    Event to mark first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

    Date / Time: Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 12.30 p.m. 

    Location: Rotunda and Plaza, Vienna International Centre (VIC)

    Vienna, 25 July 2014 - On 30 July, the United Nations will mark the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. There will be an event at the Vienna International Centre to commemorate the day. The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, will attend and there will be a performance by the World Peace Choir Festival, comprising 650 children from across the globe. Following the performance the children will release 500 blue heart-shaped balloons to demonstrate solidarity with the victims of human trafficking and to give a message of hope for their freedom.

    Event programme:

    Keynote speeches:
    - Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC / Director-General, UNOV
    - Ms. Hui SUI, Special Advisor to the Director General, Strategic Analyses, UNIDO
    - Mr. Roman Romanovsky, Alternate Permanent Representative of Belarus
    - Mr. Gerald Wirth, President of the Vienna Boys' Choir
    - Ms. Evelyn Probst, Coordinator, LEFÖ

    The 650 children from the World Peace Choir Festival will then sing two songs and release the 500 balloons.  

    Photo opportunity:

    Media are  invited to a photo opportunity from 12:00 onwards on Wednesday, 30 July 2014, at the VIC Rotunda/Plaza. 


    Media representatives who wish to attend and who are not accredited to the VIC should write to

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    For further information please contact:

    Markus WOLTRAN
    Associate Public Information Officer
    United Nations Information Service
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-83019