The new agreement does not cover social security issues, for which the United Nations and Austria will soon negotiate a new agreement. During the Cold War, Austria already served as a platform for international dialogue, supported by its geopolitical position and neutral status. This position was reinforced by the opening of the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in 1979. Since then, Vienna has been the seat of the United Nations (UN) alongside New York, Geneva and later Nairobi. Austria`s efforts should be seen as a confirmation of its willingness to feel the international organizations in Austria at home and not as foreigners. Austria is determined to continue its positive position on maintaining Vienna as a UN centre, he said. Vienna is one of the world`s leading headquarters for international organizations (IOs), with a focus on promoting peace, security, sustainable development, the fight against organized crime, drug addiction, corruption and terrorism. The focus is also on disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Other issues clarified in the agreement include the privileges and immunities of United Nations observer missions, intergovernmental organizations and observers of non-member states based in Vienna. Through separate agreements, the new agreement will also apply to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and its collaborators in Austria. The texts of the new agreements were signed this morning at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Giorgio Giacomelli, Director-General of UNOV, Mauricio de Maria y Campos, Director General of UNIDO, and Austrian Foreign Minister Wolfgang Schassel.
Former Foreign Minister Alois Mock, Secretary of State Benita Ferrero-Waldner, City Councillor Hannes Swoboda and other senior officials from the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNOV and UNIDO also attended the signing ceremony. International institutions – some 40 IU, diplomatic missions, NGOs and quasi-NGOs – are also important to Austria. The international sector provides about 18,000 jobs in Austria and generates an effect on gross value added of about 1.3 billion euros. International sector conference activities are increasing year after year. In 2018, more than 10,000 conference days were counted, representing a growth of 12.45% in 2016-18. – 2 – Press release L/2747 ORG/1210 1 December 1995 2019, the Vienna International Centre (VIC), commonly known as « UNO City », celebrated its 40th anniversary. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres took the opportunity to celebrate the jubilee at the Vienna International Center and stressed the role of the host country of the Austrian Federal Government and the City of Vienna: after the signing of the agreements, Mr. DE MARIA Y CAMPOS said that the new agreement came at a very good time for UNIDO and showed the importance that the Austrian government attaches to the organization.