Martin Nesirky UNIS – VIC

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Martin Nesirky has lived in many areas of the world.

During his time in New York from 2009 to 2014, Nesirky worked as the spokesperson for then-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Nesirky says one inspiration for his work has been Melissa Fleming, who is responsible for the United Nations Department of Global Communications.

In 2014, Nesirky was appointed Director of UNIS – Vienna (United Nations Information Service). Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna as Head of Press and Public Information from 2006 to 2009.

The main tasks at UNIS are communication, coordination and active listening. Especially being a good team player means to him that the working environment is sustainably and constantly promoted in a process of continuing education. The entire UNIS Vienna team works together intensively, providing balanced cooperation and transparency both internally and externally. One of the goals of the people working at UNIS is to tell the story about the UN’s work, packaged for digital platforms, printed in a print medium and, ten times a year, by showing films on United Nation-related topics.

There are many excellent options to learn more about the UN, including those film screenings and the Visitors Service that provides guided tours. The entire Vienna International Centre (VIC) is constantly striving to maintain and ensure peace, security and dignity.

Vienna is one of the four headquarters of the United Nations, along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi. Around 5,000 employees from more than 125 countries work for the organizations based in the VIC, commonly known in Austria as „UNO City”. The United Nations family in Vienna includes the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and a range of other UN entities. All have in common that they work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

I would like to thank Mr. Martin Nesirky for the interview and wish him and the entire team continued success in their work at the VIC, also on behalf of our editorial team.

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Article: Christine Ojo

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