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    Vienna, 13 January 2021


    The United Nations lnformation Service (UNIS) Vienna in cooperation with the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-Austria)

    invites you to a

    Virtual Press Briefing on priorities and key events for 2021 of the Vienna-based UN organizations and agencies


    Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 11 a.m.

    Welcoming remarks by:

    Ghada Waly,
    Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) & Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


    Angela Kane
    Board member of Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria (UNA-Austria) and former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Under-Secretary-General for Management

    Introductory remarks by:

    Martin Nesirky
    Director, United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna

    Speakers include:

    Kai Bethke
    Director of External Relations and Policy Research, Department of External Relations, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

    Sophie Boutaud-De-La-Combe
    Director, Office of Public Information and Communication, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    Brian Hansford
    Chief, Advocacy Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

    Ottavia Pesce
    Associate Communications Officer, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

    Gill Tudor
    Chief of Public Information, Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

    Highlights for 2021 from other Vienna-based United Nations organizations will also be publicized at the briefing, including from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Vienna Office, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) and the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention - UN Environment Vienna.

    Please register for the virtual press briefing by writing to press.vienna[at] by COB Monday 18 January 2021.

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    For further information please contact:
    Anne Thomas
    Public Information Officer, UNIS Vienna
    Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5588
    Email: anne.thomas[at]

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