UNOV Director-General Yury Fedotov Meets with Mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl
"Vienna is a major hub for advancing the United Nations agenda of peace and security, development and human rights," Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), said in a meeting with the Mayor of the City of Vienna, Michael Häupl, at Vienna City Hall on 9 February. "As a key venue for major international conferences and events, Vienna is an ideal location for UN initiatives to address global challenges," the Director-General stressed.
Vienna, along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi, is one of four headquarters of the United Nations worldwide. Since 1979, the United Nations family in Vienna has made its home at the Vienna International Centre on the banks of the River Danube.
Mayor Häupl underscored his strong and ongoing support for the work of the United Nations in Vienna. The United Nations and the City of Vienna will continue to cooperate in reaching out to the public in Vienna and beyond to raise awareness of the work of the United Nations, enable schoolchildren and university students to visit the Vienna International Centre, and encourage young people to engage in international affairs.
Mr. Fedotov expressed gratitude for the excellent cooperation between the City of Vienna and the United Nations. He also noted that "Vienna is a popular duty station, and United Nations staff are eager to come and live here."
In 2010, the City of Vienna won the Scroll of Honour of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), which is awarded annually to individuals and institutions for improving living conditions in towns and cities. The award was bestowed on the City of Vienna for putting people and their views first in a model urban renovation programme.