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    9 September 2016


    Media representatives are invited to the

    Media Briefing

    ahead of the

    United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York

    on Thursday 15 September 2016, at 14.30 hrs

    at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Conference Room C6, C building, 7 th floor

    Karen AbuZayd, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants - delivered via WebEx from New York

    Present in Vienna will be

    Christoph Pinter, Head of UNHCR in Austria
     who will take questions from journalists on refugee-related matters


    Martin Nesirky, Director, UN Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, who will give an overview of the high-level events during the forthcoming 71 st session of the UN General Assembly


    The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants will take place on 19 September 2016. It is the first time that world leaders are coming together at the United Nations to address both issues of refugees and migrants. It is an historic opportunity for the world to agree on a better response to large movements of refugees and migrants at a time when we are witnessing an unprecedented level of human mobility.

    Background information on the Summit are available at:, and you may also want to familiarize yourselves with the New York Declaration.

    Media representatives who wish to attend are required to register by writing to by 15:00 on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

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    For further information please contact:

    Reka Furtos
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-83019
    Mobile: (+43) 699-145-83019
    Email: reka.furtos[at]


    Ruth Schoeffl
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-5307
    Email: schoeffl[at]