In 1966, the Austrian Federal Government made an offer
to the United Nations to construct an international headquarters centre in
In September 1969, the international jury awarded four prizes but declared that none of the prize-winning designs were suitable for immediate execution in their original form. The jury recommended that the four be commissioned to revise their designs and provide detailed plans for the first building phase. Accordingly, the Austrian authorities invited the four to submit revised projects, retaining the fundamental ideas of their design, but taking the juryís comments into account. The revised designs were submitted in April 1970.
A nine-member expert committee was appointed by the
Austrian authorities to review the revised designs in the context of the
detailed specifications issued for the second stage of the competition. At the
conclusion of these detailed reviews, the Austrian architect, Johann Staber was
designated the winner and the winning design was announced on
Many United Nations
member states gave works of art and other objects to the Vienna International
Numerous international conferences and meetings are held annually at the Vienna International Centre or at the adjacent Austria Center Vienna.
Located at the VIC are:
United Nations Office at
the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO),
the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
Other United Nations organizations and entities with offices at the VIC are:
the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA),
the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR),
the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS),
International Commission for the Protection of the
The United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV).
The Austria Center Vienna (ACV).
Stamp catalogue - inauguration
Stamp catalogue - 10th anniversary
Stamp catalogue - inauguration of Austria Center Vienna