Media Kit

The 5th Global Forum of the UNAOC has registered media representatives from all around the world. The Global Forum values comprehensive coverage of its meetings by the media and aims to foster a collegial atmosphere among participants and journalists. Therefore, all plenary and breakout sessions were open to the press wherever space permitted.

Press Conferences

The press conference room is located at the ground floor of the Hofburg (conference venue). The press conference room is open to all media representatives registered for the 5th Global Forum of the UNAOC as well as to participants. Whoever is interested in holding a press conference should contact the Global Forum’s media team (see contact information below) in order to book the press conference room. Simultaneous interpretation for German, French and Arabic is – in principle – available, however, due to various parallel sessions it might not be possible to provide for all languages at all times.

One-on-One Interviews

Generally speaking, media representatives have to organise and arrange for interviews themselves. However, if one wishes to get in touch with any member of a delegation the media team of the 5th Global Forum will be of assistance in establishing the appropriate contact. Interview-corners are available in the Media Centre and throughout the conference venue.

Media Facilities

The Media Centre is located at the ground floor of the Hofburg (conference venue), next to the press conference room. The Media Centre includes the following services and activities for the press:

- Opening hours from 08:30 to 18:00

- Simultaneous transmission of selected sessions with interpretation (German, French and Arabic)

- Press Conference venue

- Interview-corners

- Cafeteria

- Computers and printers

- WIFI connection (password: unaoc2013)

Accreditation Policy

Accredited members of the media must abide by the following rules:

Media registration will close on Friday, 22 February 2013. Kindly note that no registration will be granted on the spot of the conference venue.

Media accreditation for all registered media will start on Thursday, 21 February (from 9.00 until 17.00) and will continue through Wednesday, 27 February 2013 at the accreditation desk of the Austrian Federal Press Service (Vienna, 1st District, Innerer Burghof). The accreditation desk is located approximately 3 minutes walking distance from the entrance of the conference venue. You must present a valid press card or the original letter of confirmation of your media organization together with an official photo-ID (identity card, passport, driving license). Please note that there will be no access to the Hofburg without a valid badge.

Opening hours accreditation desk:

Thursday, 21 February 2013: 9:00 – 17:00

Friday, 22 February 2013: 9:00 – 17:00

Monday, 25 February 2013: 9:00 – 17:00

Tuesday, 26 February 2013: 8:00 – 17:00

Wednesday, 27 February 2013: 8:00 – 17:00

Due to security reasons, badges can only be picked up at the Austrian Federal Press Service and not directly at the conference venue (neither at the Museumsquartier, nor at the Hofburg). The accreditation badge has to be picked up latest by Wednesday, 27 February.

The Youth Forum will take place on Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 at the Museumsquartier. Please note that access to the Youth Forum is also limited to participants and accredited media representatives.

At the entrance of the conference venue, accredited reporting press will receive press kits containing the programme, the Participants Booklet and other relevant documents.

Registration and Important Locations

The Media Accreditation Desk is located at the Hofburg, 1st District, Innerer Burghof


The Media Centre is on the ground floor of the Hofburg (conference venue).

The Press Conference Room is on the ground floor of the Hofburg (conference venue, next to the Media Center).

Please Note: Media representatives should always access the Hofburg through the first entry door. The other two entrances are reserved for participants only.

Important: All security badges will be issued at the Media Registration Desk and must be worn at all times. Please note that badges are not transferable.



The 5th Global Forum of the UNAOC has a team of official photographers. All pictures taken by our official photographers will be available as high-resolution photos on the conference website, download and use of these photos is free of charge. Any photos published from the event should mention the 5th Global Forum of the UNAOC in Vienna.

Other Information

We urge accredited journalists to arrange for their own accommodation as soon as possible. The Vienna Tourism Office ( can be contacted directly for hotel advisory. The 5th Global Forum will not be able to provide accommodation for accredited journalists.

Media Team Contacts

Spokesperson of the 5th Global Forum of the UNAOC:

Martin Weiss,, +43 190115 3418

Daanish Masood,, +1 646 578 6709

For all media related questions or in case you would like to book the press conference room, please contact the media team directly at the media desk (located on the ground floor of the conference venue, Hofburg):

Stephanie Jakobitsch,, +43 15 36 44 224

Nihal Saad, Spokesperson for the UN High Representative For the Alliance of Civilizations,, +1 646 255 4664

During off-hours and for emergencies please call the following number:

+43 190115 3320 (Austrian Foreign Ministry – on-call duty)

Useful Links

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