International negotiations at the United Nations Office in Vienna came to a halt today for Conchita Wurst. Vienna is the host not only of the next Eurovision Song Contest, but also of one of the four headquarters of the United Nations (the other three are in New York City, Geneva and Nairobi). Wurst visited the complex to speak alongside the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who is in Vienna for a conference on landlocked developing countries.
As diplomats and officials crowded to see Wurst, Ban said that it looked like the biggest town hall meeting that he had ever held. Although he usually didn’t watch the Eurovision Song Contest, Ban said that when Wurst won it he knew that she was “the star of the world.” He praised Wurst for turning “her victory in the Song Contest into an electrifying moment of human rights education” and for promoting diversity.
This year Ban extended benefits to the same-sex partners of United Nations’ staff members. He said that he will “continue to fight transphobia and homophobia,” adding that, in the words of Wurst, “we are unstoppable!” This is probably the first time in history that a United Nations Secretary-General has used a quotation from a Eurovision winner in an official speech.
Wurst followed up with a brief speech and a performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix.” Wiwiblogger Dean Vuletic was at the United Nations Office in Vienna to see Ban Ki Moon and Conchita Wurst, and he took these exclusive photos.
Conchita Wurst meets Ban Ki Moon at the United Nations
Photos: Dean Vuletic for wiwibloggs