UN Organizations

UN Organizations in Vienna

The Vienna International Centre (VIC) is the headquarters for several United Nations offices and specialized agencies as listed below. Various international conferences and events are held annually at the VIC.


United Nations Information Service (UNIS)

UNIS Vienna promotes the work of the United Nations family based  in Vienna through the media, governmental and non-governmental organizations and public outreach work. UNIS serves as an information centre for Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia and organizes information programmes and activities to promote the work of the United Nations as a whole. UNIS also offers guided tours and lectures through the Visitors Service.

UNIS Vienna Director’s Office: Janos Tisovsky; Tel.: (+43-1)26060-5676; Mobile: (+43-699)1459-5676; E-Mail: janis.tisovsky@unvienna.org; Anne Thomas; Tel.: (+43-1)26060-5588; Mobile:(+43-699)1459-5588.

News and Media Liason Unit: Reka Fürtös; Tel.: (+43 1) 26060-83019; Mobile: (+43-699)1458-3019; E-Mail: reka.furtos@unvienna.org; Roman.Kofler@unvienna.org.

For information about UNIS acivities and events visit: http://www.unis.unvienna.org/

United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) is one of the four (4) United Nations Headquarters, along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi. UNOV provides administrative support including conference planing, security and safety services and language interpretation to United Nations programmes. The Director-General of UNOV, Yury Fedotov, presents the Secretary-General in dealings with the host country and diplomatic missions.

Vienna International Centre, P.O.Box 500, Wagramer Strasse 5, 1400 Vienna, Austria.

For information about UNOV visit: www.unov.org

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

From its headquarters in Vienna and through an extensive 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 Executive Director of UNODC is Yury Fedotov.

For more information contact: David Dadge; Spokesperson and Speechwriter; Tel.: (+43 1 ) 26060-5629; Mobile: (+43 699) 1459-5629;E-mail: david.dadge@unvienna.org;Preeta Bannerjee, Information Officer; Tel.: (+43 1) 26060-5764; Mobile:(+43-699) 1459-5764; E-Mail: preeta.bannerjee@unvienna.org

United Nations Conventions against Corruption (UNCAC) 


United Nations Conventions against Transnational Organized Crimes (UNTOC)


For information about UNODC acivities and events visit: www.unodc.org

 International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) www.incb.org

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is the independent and quasi-judicial promoting body monitoring the implementation of the United Nations drug control conventions. INCB works toward ensuring the availability of narcotic drugs for medical and scientific purposes while preventing diversion to illicit traffic and abuse, and monitors national controls over precursor chemicals used in the illicit manufacturing of drugs. INCB publishes an Annual Report which identifies weaknesses in drug control and makes recommendations to Governments and regional and international organizations. The Board also publishes an annual report on precursor chemical control and technical publications on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

For more information contact: Raechelle Newman; Tel.: (43 1 ) 26060 -5638; Mobile: (+43 -6999)1459-5638;

E-Mail: media@incb.org or secretariat@incb.org

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs www.unoosa.org

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is responsible for promoting international cooperation in the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space, including for economic, social and cultural development, and serves as the secretariat for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

For more information contact: Sinead Harvey, Tel: (+431) 26060-8718, E-mail: oosa@unoosa.org or sinead.harvey@unoosa.org

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) www.uncitral.org

UNCITRAL’s work foeuses on the modernization and harmonization of the laws for international trade and business. UNCITRAL’s work includes developing conventions,  model laws and rules as well as legal and legislative guides.  Currently being addressed by UNCITRAL include: micro, small and medium enterprises; arbitration and conciliation; online dispute resolution; electronic commerce; insolvency law and security interests.

For more information contact:Antonia Seilern at UNIS, Tel: (+43 1) 26060-5606 Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-5606
E-mail: antonia.seilern@unvienna.org

Specialiced Agencies and other United Organitations and entities with offic offices in Vienna

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) www.iaea.org

The IAEA, comprised of 159 member states, works to support the safe and secure development of nuclear technology and to verify the peaceful use of nuclear materials. Director General Yukiya Amano has led the agency since December 2009,

For further information contact: Gill Tudor, Spokesperson and Head, Media and Outreach Section, Division of Public Information

Tel: (+ 43 1) 2600-21275 General press inquiries: (+43 1) 2600-21273, E-mail: press@iaea.org

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) www.unido.org

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations promoting industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The director-general of UNIDO is Li Yong.

For further information contact:Mikhail Evstafyev, Advocacy and Communication Coordinator , Tel: (+431) 26026-5021 Mobile: (+ 43-699) 1459-7329, E-mail: m.evstafyev@unido.org

UNIDO is one of the four agencies implementing the “Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)”  who will provide a comprehensive suite of green economy services that will enable countries to transform their national economic structures to meet the growing demands and challenges of the 21st century. The other three Agencies are ILO, UNEP, and UNITAR.

The overriding mission of UNIDO is to create shared prosperity and safeguard the environment in the context of its programme for inclusive and sustainable industrial development adopted at the UNIDO General Conference in Lima in 2013 that aspires to reducing poverty. All countries should have the opportunity to grow a flourishing productive sector, to increase their participation in international trade and to safeguard their environment.

Inclusive and sustainable industrial development aims at ensuring that:

  • Every country achieves a higher level of industrialization in their economies, and benefits from the globalization of markets for industrial goods and services
  • No one is left behind in benefiting from industrial growth, and prosperity is shared among women and men in all countries
  • Broader economic and social growth is supported within an environmentally sustainable framework
  • Unique knowledge and resources of all relevant development actors are combined to maximize the development impact of ISID

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) www.ctbto.org

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty bans all nuclear explosions underground, under water, in the atmosphere and in space. The CTBTO promotes the Treaty and is establishing  global verification regime comprised of 337 monitoring facilities and on-site inspections to ensure that no nuclear explosion goes undetected. The monitoring data are also used for non-verification purposes such as tsunami warnings and global radiation monitoring. TheExecutive Secretary is Lassina Zerbo.

For further information contact:  Thomas Mützelburg, CTBTO Public Information; Tel: (+43 1) 26030-6421 Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-6421  E-mail: thomas.muetzelburg@ctbto.org

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) www.unhcr.at

The agency safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees and the office in Vienna monitors the implementation of Austrian asylum laws according to the Geneva Refugee Convention.

For further information contact: Ruth Schöffl, Tel: (+43 1) 26060-5307

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) www.icpdr.org

ICPDR promotes international cooperation to make Europe’s second largest river, the Danube, cleaner and works to ensure the sustainable and eQuitable use of waters and freshwater resources in the Danube River Basin, based on the Danube River Protection Convention.

For further information contact: Benedikt Mandl, Tel: (+431) 26060-4373, E-mail: benedikt.mandl@unvienna.org

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) www.unscear.org

UNSCEAR reports on levels and effects of exposure to ionizing radiation to the General Assembly, the scientific community and the general public. The reports provide the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risks and are used by Governments and other international bodies for establishing protection measures. The UNSCEAR secretariat, functionally linked with the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEPj, is responsible for disseminating the Cornmittee’s findings and is headed by Malcolm Crick, Secretary of UNSCEAR.

For further information contact: Ferid Shannoun, Tel: (+43 1) 26060-4331, E-mail: ferid.shannoun@unscear.org

Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention – UN Environment Programme www.unep.at www.carpathianconvention.org

The Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC) focuses on the protection and sustainable development of the Carpathian mountain region, UNEP Vienna – ISCC also promotes cooperation on the protection and sustainable development among countries in South-eastern Europe and the Caucasus. It ensures UNEP’s liaison with the Secretariats of the Alpine Convention, the Mountain Partnership and the ICPDR. For further information about UNEP -Isec contact: Maria Emilie Lichem, Tel: (+43 1) 26060-5338,

E-mail: maria-emilie.lichem@unvienna.org

Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) www.un.org/disarmament/

UNODA promotes nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; strengthening of the disarmament and non-proliferation regimes in respect to other weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological weapons as weil as disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons especially landmines and small arms.

For further information contact: Franz Kolar, Chief, Vienna Office,Tel: (+43 1) 26060-4097,E-mail: Franz.Kolar@unvienna.org

United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNROD) www.unrod.org

UNRoD’s mandate is to record the damage caused to all natural and legal persons concerned as a result of the construction of the Wall by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and to establish and maintain the Register of Damage in documentary form.The mandate entrusted to UNRoD is being successfully implemented with the collection, by October 2013, of more than 40,000 claims forms and over half a million supporting documents in 181 communities with the population of 680,000 Palestinians affected by the construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, More than 10,000 of those claims have been processed by the Office of UNRoD in Vienna, reviewed by the Board of UNRoD and included in the Register.

United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) http://unstamps.un.org

UNPA issues United Nations stamps, which reflect the work of the organization and are valid for postage only on mail sent from
the United Nations offices.

For further information contact: Clarissa Fürnsinn,Tel: (+43 1) 26060-5446, E-mail: clarissa.fuernsinn@unvienna.org

Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) www.se4all.org

The global initiative of SE4ALL is working towards three critical objectives to be achieved by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The initiative is led by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer (SRSG-CEO) Kandeh K. Yumkelia with strategie advice from the SE4ALL Advisory Board, co-chaired by the Secretary-General and the World Bank President.

For further information contact: Anthony Kamara, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, Tel: (+431) 26060-83402 Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-3402, E-mail: A.Kamara@SE4ALL.org


International Money Laundering Information Network  (IMoLIN)

Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



UN Organizations in Nairobi

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) http://www.unep.org/


UN Organizations in New York

UN Commission on Sustainable Development http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

In 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference, the international community decided to establish a high-level political forum for sustainable development to subsequently replace the Commission on Sustainable Development . Decisions on mandate, form and methods of work are expected to be adopted during the 67th session of the General Assembly with the aim of having the first session of the forum at the beginning of the 68th session of the Assembly (September 2013).

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/

ECOSOC as International Economic and Social Corporation and part of the UN promotes a) higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social and development; b)solutions of international econonomic, social health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational co-operation; and c) universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.  See article 55 of the Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice.  ECOSOC initiates and prepares studies and reports about international economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related matters. H.E. Mr. Martin Sajdik (Austrian) is the seventieth President of the Economic and Social Council. 

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