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      30 August 2017


    Media representatives are invited to the

    Global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration
    Fifth thematic session of the General Assembly

    on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September 2017

    Plenary Room, M-Building, Vienna International Centre

    On 4-5 September 2017, the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) will host the fifth of six informal thematic sessions of the General Assembly supporting the inter-governmental process designed to lead to the adoption in 2018 of a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration.

    Member States committed to developing this compact when they adopted the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants last year.

    The fifth informal thematic session, under the co-facilitation of Switzerland and Mexico, is titled "Smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims".

    The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for International Migration, Louise Arbour, will serve as the Secretary-General of the session.

    The session will be held in the Plenary, building M (first floor), on 4 and 5 September 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Media representatives who wish to attend the event, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should write to press[at] 

    Access to the M-building is via Gate One of the Vienna International Centre. 

    The meeting will be webcast live at:

    Further information is available here:

    Media representatives are also invited to a side event

    Reception at the ArtSocialSpace Brunnenpassage

    hosted by the City of Vienna

    in cooperation with the United Nations Information Service in Vienna

    4 September 2017, 19:30 hours

    Brunnengasse 71/Yppenplatz, 1160 Vienna

    An informal get-together under the theme of the United Nations Together campaign in the culturally diverse Brunnenmarkt area will provide the opportunity for an exchange between the participants of the thematic session and representatives of successful local integration initiatives.

    Entrance is free. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

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    For more information, please contact: 

    Sonja Wintersberger, Deputy to the Director,
    United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-3430
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-3430
    Email: Sonja.wintersberger[at]