Synergy effects associated with the Vienna-based international organisations
Since 23 August 1979, the Vienna Inter-national Centre (VIC) has been one of the four headquarters of the United Nations. Featuring a modern architectu-ral design, the VIC houses 4,500 offices and nine conference halls. It is also headquarters to numerous international organisations, which only pay a token rent but are required to cover ongoing maintenance and operating costs.
The unique feature that distinguishes Vienna as a conference venue is the VIC‘s connection to the Austria Center Vienna (ACV). Opened in 1987, the ACV is the largest congress centre in Austria, boasting an exhibition area of 22,000m².
Since 1998, the VIC has also housed a Visitor Centre where the interested pub-lic can learn more about the work of the United Nations.
Involvement of Civil Society
In cooperation with the international organisations located in Vienna and Austrian government authorities, a large number of Vienna-based non-governmental and non-profit organisations address topics such as human rights, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development, environmental protection and disarmament.
More than 100 Austrian civil society organisations are accredited with the United Nations alone.