Visit the United Nations in Vienna

Lecture Programme

If you are an educator, a group of students in higher education or an expert group and would like a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of the United Nations' work, please contact the Visitors Service to request a lecture programme. The Visitors Service will coordinate your request with speakers from the international organizations based at the Vienna International Centre.


Virtual lecture programmes

On-site lecture programmes (currently suspended)

On-site guided tours and lectures at the Vienna International Centre remain suspended as a COVID-19 prevention measure until further notice. Visitors Service Vienna usually organizes lecture programmes at the Vienna International Centre every weekday Monday-Friday except UN Holidays, subject to the availability of speakers. 

Programme Outline

  • A lecture programme consists of a guided tour plus 1-2 thematic lectures.
  • We are able to offer single-day programmes only.

Lecture Topics

Subject to the availability of speakers, lectures can be organized on the following topics:

Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

a) Overview of CTBTO's work
b) Nuclear testing, non-proliferation and disarmament
c) Verification science


International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

a) Overview of the IAEA's work
b) Special topic

[Nuclear technology for development; nuclear safety; nuclear energy; nuclear security; nuclear verification and non-proliferation]


United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

a) International trade law

NB - for law students only


United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

a) Overview of UN Environment's work
b) Special topic

[Carpathian Convention and Sustainable Mountain Development; Cooperation in South East Europe]


United Nations Organization for Industrial Development (UNIDO)

a) Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development


United Nations Information Service (UNIS)

a) The role of the UN in international affairs
b) The Sustainable Development Goals
c) Peacekeeping


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

a) Overview of the UN's work on drugs and crime
b) Special topic

[Sustainable development and the rule of law; wildlife and forest crime; illicit drugs; corruption; counter-terrorism; money laundering, terrorism financing and illicit financial flows; trafficking in human beings; migrant smuggling; transnational organized crime; criminal justice and prison reform]


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

a) Outer space applications for sustainable development
b) Treaties governing outer space


United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)

a) Understanding exposure to radiation from multiple sources - accidents, medical, natural and manmade


If you do not find the Vienna-based organization you are interested in on the above list, please inquire with the Visitors Service about other lecture options: lectures.vienna[at]