Brief presentation of international organisations in Vienna
United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV)
UNOV provides administrative support to VIC programmes and conference planning, translation services and building security. The UNOV Director-General represents the UN Secretary-General in relation to the host country and the diplomatic missions in Vienna. This is Antonio Maria Costa, who is also the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
United Nations Office on Outer Space
The United Nations Office on Outer Space (UNOOSA) is responsible for the promotion of international co-operation in the field of peaceful use of space. It implements decisions of the General Assembly and the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. It supports intergovernmental discussions within the Committee and its subcommittees for science and technology (S&T) and law, and helps developing countries to use space technology for their development. It follows development of law, science and technology in relation to space activities with the purpose of ensuring technical information and counselling member states, international organisations and other UN offices.
The UN Information Service (UNIS) is responsible for public relations with UN offices and functions at the same time as the UN information centre for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
The Office gained its present form with the combining of the United Nations Drugs Control Programme (UNDCP) and the Centre for International Crime Prevention in 1997. UNODC shares support services with UNOV, and deals with drug control, and prevention of crime and international terrorism. UNODC provides secretariat services to the ECOSOC commissions, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and the conferences of signatory states of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, all headquartered in Vienna as well as within the UN Office.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
This is a specialised UN agency, providing assistance to developing countries and economies in their transition towards decreasing poverty by developing industrial capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises. It works with Integrated Programmes (IP) at three levels: political, institutional and entrepreneurial. The programmes were formed with a view to building a competitive economy, creating productive employment and maintaining a healthy environment.
Nuclear cooperation and verification
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was the first UN agency headquartered in Vienna (in 1957) and serves as a global intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in nuclear energy. It also functions as an international inspectorate for maintaining atomic security and for assessment measures in civil nuclear programmes.
The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission (CTBTO PrepCom) implements preparatory measures for the implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), banning all test explosions of nuclear weapons.
The International Trade Law Division is a secretariat for the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), dealing with the acceleration of world trade by providing assistance in harmonising relevant national legislation.
In Vienna, there are also offices of:
- United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA);
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- The United Nations Science Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR);
- United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS) and
- Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The International Centre for the Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is an intergovernmental organisation with the status of an observer at the UN that was founded in 1993 on the incentives of Switzerland and Austria. The purpose of the ICMPD is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies, and it also functions as an exchange mechanism for governments and organisations in Europe.
The Vienna International Centre also features the headquarters of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River. On the basis of the Convention on Co-operation for the Protection and Sustainable Use of the River Danube that was signed in 1994, it co-ordinates projects on the Danube River (ICPDR). The ICPDR also assumed the (substantive) co-ordination of work within the Sava Agreement on the Sava Basin that Slovenia has also signed, and in this way Slovenia is also connected with the work of the ICPDR.