The United Nations in Vienna

Vienna is one of the four headquarters of the United Nations, along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi.

The Vienna International Centre (VIC), commonly known as "UNO City", was opened in 1979. It has been rented to the United Nations for 99 years at a symbolic rate of 1 Austrian schilling (7 Euro cents) annually.

More than 4,000 employees from over 110 countries work for the Vienna-based organizations.

Located at the Centre are:

United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV): one of the four headquarters of the United Nations. Provides common services to the VIC-based organizations. The Director-General of UNOV represents the Secretary-General in dealings with the host country and diplomatic missions in Vienna.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the nuclear field. It is also the international inspectorate for the application of nuclear safeguards and verification measures covering civilian nuclear programmes.

Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom): preparations for the implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which bans all nuclear weapons test explosions on the planet's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground. The CTBT makes it almost impossible for countries that do not yet have nuclear weapons to develop them. And it makes it almost impossible for countries that have nuclear weapons to develop new or more advanced weapons.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO): specialized agency helping developing countries alleviate poverty by enhancing the productive capacities of their small and medium-sized industries. UNIDO works to improve the quality of life of the world's poor by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise in poverty reduction, trade capacity-building and promoting renewable sources of energy.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): from headquarters at the Vienna International Centre and through a network of field offices around the world, UNODC helps Member States to reduce their vulnerability to drugs and crime, and to promote security and justice for all. The normative instruments include three drug control treaties, the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime with its supplementary Protocols on migrant smuggling, the trafficking of human beings and firearms control. There are also 16 international instruments to counter terrorism. As crime trends evolve, UNODC adapts in order to help States address new challenges like cyber-crime, identity-related theft, environmental crime, and piracy.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA): promotes international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space for social and economic development, particularly for the benefit of developing countries. Other issues on the agenda include space debris, the use of nuclear power sources in outer space, international response to the threat of asteroid impact and implementation of the legal regime in outer space. Given the inherent global nature and reach of space activities, space science and technology play an ideal role in providing solutions to global problems. The Office discharges the Secretary-General's responsibility under international space law, including the maintenance of the Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space, which serves as the central depository of information provided by Member States and international organizations on their satellites.

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL): promotes world trade by working to harmonize the relevant national regulations. Its aim is to remove or reduce legal obstacles to the flow of international trade and progressively modernize trade laws. It also seeks to coordinate the work of organizations active in this type of work and promote wider acceptance and use of the rules and legal texts it develops.

International Narcotic Control Board (INCB): iindependent expert body to promote Government compliance with the provisions of the international drug control conventions. The INCB's activities include analysis of reports provided by Governments, evaluation and support of national efforts, dialogue with Governments and training for Government officials. It also publishes an annual report on its work.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): voice for the environment in the United Nations system with service to the region. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development. The UNEP Vienna office is responsible for mountain activities and the International Partnership for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions (Mountain Partnership) as well as for the coordination of UNEP programme delivery in South Eastern Europe.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): monitors the implementation of the relevant asylum laws in Austria according to the Geneva Refugee Convention and makes suggestions on refugee related questions to the authorities.

United Nations Information Service (UNIS): provides public information support and promotional services to the substantive programmes of the United Nations based in Vienna. It is part of a network of 63 UN Information Centres around the world.

The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA): issues United Nations stamps in Vienna visualizing subjects such as human rights, the environment, endangered species and peace.

The United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD): keeps documentary record of the damage resulting from the construction of the Wall by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem.

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR): assesses and reports on levels and effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Over the decades that followed, UNSCEAR became the official international authority on the levels and effects of ionizing radiation, used for peaceful as well as military purposes and derived from natural as well as man-made sources.

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Vienna Office: facilitates closer cooperation and effective interaction in all areas of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.

The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR): promotes and coordinates sustainable and equitable water management for the benefit of the Danube River Basin countries.