Vienna International Centre

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thumb). The Austria Center Vienna can be seen at the far left in the middle distance. Both, the VIC and the ACV are a part of the UNO-City.]] thumb The Vienna International CentreTemplate:Ref (VIC) is the campus and building complex hosting the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV; in German: Büro der Vereinten Nationen in Wien). As colloquially also known as UNO City, the VIC is only the one part of it. The other one is the Austria Center ViennaTemplate:Ref (ACV).

Overview

The VIC, designed by Austrian architect Johann Staber, was built between 1973 and 1979 just north of the river Danube. The initial idea of setting up an international organization in Vienna came from the Chancellor of Austria Dr. Bruno Kreisky.

Six Y-shaped office towers surround a cylindrical conference building for a total floor area of 230,000 square metres. The highest tower stands 127 metres tall, enclosing 28 floors.

About 5,000 people work at the VIC, which also offers catering and shopping facilities and a post office (postal code 1400 Wien). Two banks (Bank Austria and United Nations Federal Credit Union offices), travel agents and other commercial services have offices on the premises.

The VIC is an extraterritorial area, exempt from the jurisdiction of local law.

Complementing the early 2000s asbestos removal works in the VIC, a new conference building, previously designated “C2”, now termed “M Building”, was constructed over the existing parking deck near the southern perimeter of the campus, and put into service in 2009.

The M building hosted all conferences during the renovation of the C building (previously the main conference facility) from 2009-2013. Both M and C buildings are now being used for meetings. Very large conferences can be accommodated in the neighbouring Austria Center ViennaTemplate:Ref (ACV), a separate conference and exhibition centre with a capacity of 6,000, which is with the VIC campus part of the UNO-City. The ACV has an indoor link to the VIC buildings.

Organizations

A major UN site along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi, the VIC hosts several organizations:

  • Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO; German: Organisation des Vertrags über das umfassende Verbot von Nuklearversuchen)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA; German: Internationale Atomenergieorganisation, IAEO)
  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL; German: Kommission der Vereinten Nationen für internationales Handelsrecht)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO; German: Organisation der Vereinten Nationen für industrielle Entwicklung)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC; German: Büro der Vereinten Nationen für Drogen- und Verbrechensbekämpfung)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR; German: Hoher Flüchtlingskommissar der Vereinten Nationen)
  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA; German: Büro der Vereinten Nationen für Weltraumfragen)
  • International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR; German: Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Donau)

Three other notable international organizations headquartered in Vienna, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), occupy facilities outside the VIC.

File:Austria 100 Schilling 1979 Vienna International Centre Silver Coin.jpg
Austria 100 Schilling 1979 Vienna International Centre Silver Coin

Notes

  1. Template:Note The official name uses British spelling (Centre), following UN conventions.
  2. Template:Note In contrast to the VIC, the ACV officially uses American spelling (Center).

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