United Nations in Vienna

UN Plaza Vienna
Picture: UNOVUN Plaza Vienna

The Vienna International Center, as one of the four UN headquarters, was built at the invitation from the Austrian government to host a number of international organizations thereafter transferred to Vienna. The building works, designed by the Austrian architect Johann Staber, were completed on August 23rd 1979.

The shortly-after established Secretariat, UNOV, serves as the representative office of the Secretary-General in Vienna and performs representation and liaison functions with the permanent missions, the host Government as well as Governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Vienna.

The VIC now houses these international organizations and programmes:
the United Nations Secretariat with its Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),
the Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL),
the Office for Outer Space Affaires (UN-OOSA),
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),
the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO Prep-Com). 

Numerous other UN organizations have established representations at the VIC, namely the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), the United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD), as well as the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River.  

The VIC, together with the adjacent Austria Centre Vienna, also hosts a large number of international conferences.