The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) was established on 1 January 1980 as the third United Nations Headquarters after New York and Geneva, and before Nairobi.

Historic and governance

The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) was created on January 1, 1980. Its Director General is Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, also Executive Director of UNODC. She succeeds Yuri Fedotov, a Russian national, who was director of UNOV / UNODC from 2010 to 2019.

UNOV was founded shortly after the inauguration of the Vienna International Center (VIC), which was built between 1972 and 1979 according to plans by the Austrian architect Johann Staber, next to the Danube ( in the 22nd district of Vienna). The idea of establishing an international UN headquarters in Vienna was launched by Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, and was negotiated by the latter with the organization. The VIC premises were inaugurated on August 23, 1979.

More than 5,000 employees from around 130 countries currently work for international organizations based at VIC.


UNOV performs representation and liaison functions with Permanent missions to the United Nations in Vienna, the Austrian Government and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Vienna.

UNOV provides common services, such as conference services, information services, security and safety services, procurement services and general support services, for the organizations located at the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

UNOV manages and implements the United Nations programme on the peaceful uses of outer space (COPUOS), under the secretariat of the Office for Outer Space Affairs.
UNOV is closely associated with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

A shared Division for Management, in addition to the common services listed above, supports both organizations with financial resources management services, human resources management services and information technology and communications services.

Dernière modification : 25/03/2020

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