Tasks of a Permanent Mission

The principal responsibility of the Austrian Permanent Mission in Vienna is liaison between the host-country Austria and the various international organizations (UNOV; IAEA, UNIDO, UNODC, UNCITRAL; UN-OOSA; CTBTO; See4all) in Vienna. The team at the Permanent Mission comprises the Permanent Representative (Ambassador), the Deputy, diplomats, specialists as well as administrative staff. Austrian diplomats promote Austrian interests in the organisations, actively participate in the decision-making processes of these organisations and report on their activities to the Austrian Federal Government. The vast array of issues covered by the Permanent Mission reflects the diversity of the international organisations located in Vienna, including


  • Disarmament, Non-Proliferation
  • Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Industrial Development Cooperation
  • Peaceful use of Outer Space Activities
  • Nuclear Energy, Non-Energy Nuclear Application
  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Terrorism Prevention
  • Anti- Corruption
  • Drug Prevention


According to the Vienna Convention on the Representation of States in Their Relations with International Organisations of a Universal Character, the function of the Permanent Mission consists in: a) ensuring the representation of the sending State to the Organisation b) maintaining liaison between the sending State and the Organisation c) negotiating with and within the Organisation; d) ascertaining activities in the Organisation and reporting thereon to the Government of the sending State e) ensuring the participation of the sending State in the activities of the Organisation f) protecting the interests of the sending State in relation to the Organisation g) promoting the realisation of the purposes and principles of the Organisation by co-operating with and within the Organisation

(Part II, Article 6: "Functions of the Permanent Missions", Vienna on 14 March 1975)



Kindly note, that the Permanent Mission has no responsibility in visa-, resident permit- or passport issues. For further Information please visit the Website of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

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