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International Organisations


Austria is home to many leading international organisations and, along with New York, Geneva und Nairobi, one of the four headquarters of the United Nations (UN). Vienna is thus the only official seat of the United Nations within the European Union. Austria currently hosts a total of around 30 international organisations and has a reputation throughout the world as a centre of dialogue. Vienna is internationally recognised as a top venue for congresses and conferences. The international organisations based in Vienna currently employ around 5 000 people, a quarter of whom are Austrians.

List of international organisations and institutions based in Vienna

The Vienna International Centre (VIC), opened in 1979, hosts a number of major United Nations bodies: the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In addition to the UN bodies, several other international organisations are based in Vienna, although they are not located in the Vienna International Centre (VIC). They include the Organisation for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Security has increasingly become a central theme of the organisations based in Austria. The work of the IAEA, OSCE, UNODC and many other organisations operating in Vienna to enhance safety in the age of globalisation and thereby also improve people’s quality of life has made Vienna an international centre for global security.

The coming years, too, will provide an opportunity to continue developing Vienna’s existing role as a major host city. The year 2007 will be central to this endeavour. The opening of various new facilities shows that Austria takes a dynamic, forward-looking approach to hosting international organisations. A new conference complex on the site of the Vienna International Centre, a new headquarters for the OSCE in the city centre, the upgrading of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia to a Fundamental Rights Agency with a new official seat and the refurbishment of the OPEC headquarters symbolise the important role of Austria and Vienna as an international meeting place.

 

More information here about some of the international organisations and institutions based in Vienna:

UNOV OSCE EUMC OPEC
IAEA CTBTO Wassenaar UNIDO
Date: 04.01.2006