UN Agencies in Vienna


The IAEA is the world's center of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up in 1957 as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organization within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.

The EU Delegation assures the relationship between EU Institutions and the IAEA, following the meetings of its governing bodies and covering other relevant activities.

In addition, the 1975 agreement between Euratom and the IAEA promotes closer administrative and technical cooperation, such as nuclear inspections within the EU and Euratom’s safeguards support programme. On 7 May 2008 in Brussels, a Joint Statement was signed aiming at closer cooperation between the two institutions.

Through relevant EU/Euratom instruments - Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and Instrument for Stability – managed by the European Commision, the EU provides support to the Agency's projects aiming at improving nuclear safety and security. The EU is also a major donor to the IAEA nuclear security fund through Joint Actions supporting IAEA activities in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Finally, Euratom is party to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, all of which are under the auspices of the IAEA.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs, transnational organized crime, terrorism and corruption, and is the guardian of most of the related conventions, particularly the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its three protocols (against trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and trafficking in firearms) pdf - 388 KB [388 KB] , the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) pdf - 295 KB [295 KB] and the international drug control conventions (Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol pdf - 542 KB [542 KB] , Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 pdf - 387 KB [387 KB] , United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 pdf - 460 KB [460 KB] ). UNODC was established in 1997 as a result of the merging of the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention and the United Nations International Drug Control Programme. UNODC provides technical and substantive assistance to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, both of which are functional commissions of the Economic and Social Council. Their decisions and resolutions provide guidance in their respective areas to Member States and UNODC.

The European Union is a long standing supporter of UNODC projects and programmes. The projects funded by the EU are focused on the fight against drug trafficking, the fight against organised crime and corruption, counter – terrorism measures, alternative development, implementation of UNTOC and UNCAC, prison reform, criminal justice system reform, victim empowerment, law enforcement capacity-building and counter - piracy measures. The EU is a Party to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and a Party to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).


The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, mobilises knowledge, skills, information and technology in order to promote productivity growth, a competitive economy and a sound environment in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The European Union provides substantial financial contributions to UNIDO’s on-going operational activities, for example with regard to trade-related technical assistance activities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Senegal. UNIDO also has a liaison office in Brussels.


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law is the core legal body of the United Nations System in the field of international trade law, specializing in commercial law reform worldwide. UNCITRAL's business is the modernization and harmonization of rules on international transactions. UNCITRAL formulates modern, fair, and harmonized rules on commercial transactions. The work of UNCITRAL includes conventions, model laws and rules which are acceptable worldwide; legal and legislative guides and recommendations of great practical value; updated information on case law and enactments of uniform commercial law; technical assistance in law reform projects; and regional and national seminars on uniform commercial law. The most important conventions related to the work of UNCITRAL are the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - the "New York" Convention, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods pdf - 340 KB [340 KB] (CISG), the United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] - the "Hamburg Rules" and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea pdf - 299 KB [299 KB] - the "Rotterdam Rules".


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is the United Nations body responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. UNOOSA serves as the secretariat for the General Assembly's only committee dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). UNOOSA is also responsible for implementing the Secretary-General's responsibilities under international space law and maintaining the United Nations Register of Objects Launched into Outer Space. Through the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, UNOOSA conducts international workshops, training courses and pilot projects on topics that include remote sensing, satellite navigation, satellite meteorology, tele-education and basic space sciences for the benefit of developing nations. It also maintains a 24-hour hotline as the United Nations focal point for satellite imagery requests during disasters and manages the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). UNOOSA is the current secretariat of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). The most important conventions pdf - 229 KB [229 KB] related to the work of UNOOSA are the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the "Outer Space Treaty"),  the Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space (the "Rescue Agreement"), the Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects (the "Liability Convention"), the Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space (the "Registration Convention") and the Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (the "Moon Agreement").


The United Nations Office at Vienna, UNOV, is the Vienna-based office for administration and coordination with the wider United Nations system. It is located in the Vienna International Centre, which also houses the other UN entities referred to above.