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  • Austrian authorities extend measures to contain COVID-19 until 30 April
    Austrian authorities extend measures to contain COVID-19 until 30 April

    VIENNA, 7 April 2020 - The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has announced that the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 that began on 16 March are being extended until Thursday 30 April 2020. Subsequently, a message from the main Vienna-based UN Organizations stated that all personnel based at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) or elsewhere in Austria are required to adhere to the Austrian Government’s extended measures.

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  • UN chief calls for domestic violence ‘ceasefire’ amid ‘horrifying global surge’
    UN chief calls for domestic violence ‘ceasefire’ amid ‘horrifying global surge’

    NEW YORK, 6 April 2020 - UN chief António Guterres is calling for measures to address a “horrifying global surge in domestic violence” directed towards women and girls, linked to lockdowns imposed by governments responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations: 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19
    Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations: 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19

    VIENNA, 1 April 2020 - On 31 March, the Austrian authorities confirmed that a person working at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Vienna International Centre (VIC) was Covid-19 positive.

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  • UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’
    UN launches COVID-19 plan that could ‘defeat the virus and build a better world’

    NEW YORK, 31 March 2020 - The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has launched a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling on everyone to “act together to lessen the blow to people”.

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  • Capacity-building activities carried out remotely via video conference between Austria and Iraq
    Capacity-building activities carried out remotely via video conference between Austria and Iraq

    VIENNA/MOSUL, 26 March 2020 – A four-month capacity-building programme involving Iraq’s University of Mosul and Austria’s University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) has started with remotely taught lectures.

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  • Coronavirus: UN Secretary-General calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’
    Coronavirus: UN Secretary-General calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

    NEW YORK, 23 March 2020 - In an appeal issued today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against Covid-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind

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  • Vienna Energy Forum postponed until 2021
    Vienna Energy Forum postponed until 2021

    VIENNA, 21 March 2020 - In light of a global health crisis unlike any other in our lifetime, the co-organizers of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) have decided to postpone the Vienna Energy Forum to 2021.

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  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations: measures to tackle COVID-19 extended to 13 April
    Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations: measures to tackle COVID-19 extended to 13 April

    VIENNA, 20 March 2020 - The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced today the measures that began on Monday 16 March were being extended until Monday 13 April 2020. In a televised government news conference, he called on everyone to persevere, saying the fight against COVID-19 was a marathon.

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  • Influenza case at Vienna International Centre now tested positive as COVID-19
    Influenza case at Vienna International Centre now tested positive as COVID-19

    VIENNA, 17 March 2020 - This is an important message from the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service regarding COVID-19: There is a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a female member of the cleaning staff at the VIC.

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  • Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations
    Message from the main Vienna-based UN organizations

    VIENNA, 16 March 2020 - The UN Security and Safety Service in Vienna reports that 307 people out of 5,000 personnel came to work today to carry out critical tasks. That means more than 90 percent of colleagues are working remotely or otherwise at home. Thank you to those who are keeping all Vienna-b

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  • UNIDO looks at how to assess value chain readiness to adopt blockchain technology
    UNIDO looks at how to assess value chain readiness to adopt blockchain technology

    ACCRA, 11 March 2020. – UNIDO is piloting methodology to assess the readiness of a value chain to adopt blockchain technology.

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  • UNIDO and European Brand Institute sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation
    UNIDO and European Brand Institute sign a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation

    VIENNA, 16 March 2020 – The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, and the President of the European Brand Institute (EBI), Gerhard Hrebicek, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU reiterating their intention to expand the existing partne

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  • Vienna's UN organizations announce new measures to reduce coronavirus risk
    Vienna's UN organizations announce new measures to reduce coronavirus risk

    VIENNA, 11 March 2020 - The heads of the four main Vienna-based organizations at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) have today announced a number of measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to those in the VIC and especially vulnerable groups, notably those over the age of 65 and those with health conditions that place them at greater risk.

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