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UNIS/VIC/198
4 August 2014

Free tours at the United Nations to mark 35 years of the Vienna International Centre

 Visitors will be able to learn more about "UNO City" for free on Friday 15 August

 VIENNA, 4 August (UN Information Service) - To mark 35 years of the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna, the Vienna International Centre (VIC) is offering the public free guided tours on Friday 15th August 2014.

The VIC was officially opened on 23 August 1979 when it was handed over to the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Commonly known locally as 'UNO City', it has been rented to the organizations for 99 years at a symbolic rate of 1 Austrian schilling (7 euro cents) annually.

On Friday 15 August members of the public will be able to join free guided tours of the building in German or English and find out more about the UN organizations based at the VIC.  The tours will leave from the entrance at Gate One, every 30 minutes from 09:30 to 15:30 on Friday 15 August.  People will need to bring a photo ID to be able to join the tours. 

Today, the Vienna International Centre houses the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom), and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Other United Nations organizations and entities with offices in Vienna are the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), 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 secretariat of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention - United Nations Environment Programme Vienna (UNEP-ISCC), the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Vienna office, the United Nations Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNROD) and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). 

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For further information contact:

Markus Woltran , Associate Public Information Officer
United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
Telephone: (+43- 1) 26060-83019
Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-8815
Email: markus.woltran[at]unvienna.org