Disarmament Week seeks to promote awareness and better understanding of disarmament issues and their cross-cutting importance. To celebrate this remembrance week, central to the work of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the Vienna Office organised an interactive exhibition from 24 to 27 October 2023. It was housed in the Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre, which is home to various international organisations relevant to UNODA’s work, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), and the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The UNODA Vienna Office aspired to highlight disarmament week among the Vienna community by creating an interactive, educational exhibition space aimed at making the concept of disarmament more relatable and accessible for the public. Building on the Vienna Office’s work earlier this year around the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the “Vienna +30” anniversary,[AK1] [VM2] the exhibition highlighted the linkages between disarmament and other global issues, such as human rights and sustainable development.
Visitors were welcomed to the exhibition with flyers, postcards, pens, and disarmament pins and were encouraged to engage with a Q&A poll, inquiring about their opinion on effective outreach tools on disarmament. An interactive totem invited visitors to take a disarmament trivia quiz and enter a competition to win one of the winning Posters for Peace – a global contest which ran in 2016 – that were on display. Visitors could also learn more about UNODA’s disarmament education work, including through continuous screening of, among others, UNODA’s #Intro2Disarmament explainer videos.
As the Rotunda is centrally located within the Vienna International Centre, personnel from various Vienna-based organisations passed by throughout the days. It is also a well-established stop for guided tours, drawing visitor groups from all over the world to the special exhibit.
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