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UNIS/VIC/200
15 August 2014

More than 2,000 people visit  'UNO City' to mark 35 years of Vienna International Centre  

VIENNA, 15 August (UN Information Service) - More than 2,000 people from Austria and abroad came to the Vienna International Centre (VIC) today to join free guided tours to help mark the 35 th anniversary of the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna.

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', the VIC has been leased to the organizations for 99 years at a symbolic annual rate of 1 Austrian schilling (7 euro cents).

The visitors were welcomed by a number of United Nations organizations based in Vienna and got a glimpse of everyday life in the Vienna International Centre, a complex that comprises about 4,500 offices and nine conference rooms. About 4,400 people work at the VIC from about 120 countries. About a third of the staff are Austrian.

Visual impressions of the day are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unisvienna/sets/72157646078804528/

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For further information contact:

Markus Woltran
United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
Telephone: (+43- 1) 26060-83019
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Email: markus.woltran[at]unvienna.org