United Nations Information Centres

Europe and the CIS

Established in 2004, the Brussels-based United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) serves most of Western Europe and operates in 13 languages: Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.


The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) at the UN Office in Geneva serves Switzerland and coordinates with other Geneva-based UN offices to inform the world about the role of the UN system in addressing international concerns.


The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) in Vienna is responsible for the public relations work of the UN offices based in that city and serves Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.


The informal network of these three offices -- Brussels, Geneva and Vienna, dubbed the "BGV" - has led increasingly to collaboration on common initiatives and campaigns, such as the "Know Your Rights 2008" website, marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


United Nations Information Centres elsewhere in Europe include UNICs Ankara, Bucharest, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw.


Since 1992, information components, supported by the UN Department of Public Information, have also been established in UN offices based in Yerevan (Armenia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Minsk (Belarus), Tbilisi (Georgia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Kyiv (Ukraine) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).