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    11 September 2017


     Media representatives are invited to the

    Special Event to celebrate


    20 th anniversary of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime


    Thursday 14 September 2017

    from 10:30 to 12:00 hrs

    at the Vienna International Centre

    The special event will highlight UNODC's achievements in the past 20 years in combating drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism, but will also focus on the challenges the Organization and the international community are facing.

    Please see the full programme, including photo opportunity below.

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

    The event will be  webcast live on Facebook at and Twitter

    The official hashtag for the anniversary is: #UNODC20


    UNODC was established in 1997 in Vienna when the UN International Drug Control Programme was merged with the Centre for International Crime Prevention.



    Special event to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the
    UN Office on Drugs and Crime

    Thursday 14 September 2017
    Vienna International Centre  

    10:30 - 10:45    Photo opportunity - Venue: Rotunda

    Opening of photo exhibition in the Rotunda by UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov and ceremonial cutting of the '20-year Birthday Cake' donated by the City of Vienna             

    Participants :

    Speakers at the event (see below) as well as the heads of the Vienna-based UN Organizations; the Chair of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs, Esbjörn Hörnberg; and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Ali Rahimi.

    10:45 - 12:00    Special Event to Commemorate UNODC at 20 - Venue: Boardroom D, C-building, 4 th floor

    Remarks by UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov

    Remarks by Austrian Minister of Health and Women's Affairs, Dr. Pamela Rendi-Wagner

    Remarks by Member of the Vienna City Council and the Vienna Provincial Parliament, Tanja Wehsely

    Remarks by Chair of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Bente Angell-Hansen

    Remarks by Chair of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Mitsuru Kitano

    Remarks by the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre, Marcel Peško

    Remarks by the President of the International Narcotics Control Board, Viroj Sumyai

    Master of Ceremonies: Martin Nesirky, Director, UNIS Vienna

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    For further information, please contact:

    Reka Furtos
    Public Information Officer, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-83336
    Mobile: (+43) 699-145-83336
    Email: reka.furtos[at]