UN in Vienna (UNOV)

The Swedish Embassy in Vienna also has the function of a Permanent Representation to the International Organizations in Vienna. Much of the Embassy's/Mission's work is dedicated to the following organizations:

IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)

The International Atomic Energy Agency was set up in 1957 with the purpose of a peaceful use of Atomic Energy worldwide. The Agency works with its 162 Member States and multiple partners worldwide to contribute to international peace and security, and to the World's millenium goals for social, economic and environmental development. The IAEA is part of the United Nations and its secretariat is headquartered at the Vienna International Centre. Between 1961 and 1997 the IAEA was led by two Swedish Director Generals: Mr. Sigvard Eklund and Mr. Hans Blix. At the moment the Agency is led by Director General Yukiya Amano.

CTBTO (Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization)

The CTBTO was established in 1996 with the purpose of making preparations for the effective implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and of preparing the first session of the Conference of States Parties to the treaty. The treaty (CTBT) itself deals with the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament. 44 states (which are listed in the Annex 2 of the treaty) possess nuclear power or research reactor and all of these states now have to sign and ratify the treaty so that it can enter into force. (Sweden and Austria have already signed and ratified the treaty). Executive-Secretary of the CTBTO is Mr. Lassino Zerbo from Burkina Faso.

UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

The UNODC was established in 1997 to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. The office informs about the dangers of using drugs, fights for international regulations against the production of and the dealing with drugs, supports preventive measures against drug-use and offers information and analysis about drugs in general. The most important bodies of the UNODC are the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) which is the central policy-making body, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) which deals with crime, economic crime, money laundering etc. and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) which is an independet and quasi-judicial body responsible for the implementation of UN drug conventions. Executive General of the UNODC is Mr. Yury Fedotov from Russia, since 2010.

UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)

The organization was established in 1966 and has since then been working with governments, business associations and individual companies to solve industrial problems and equip them to help themselves. UNIDO has 171 Member States, Sweden has been among them from the beginning. Mr. Li Yong from China has been UNIDO's Director General since 2013.

COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space)

The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was set up the General Assembly in 1959 to review the scope of international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programmes in this field to be undertaken under United Nations auspices, to encourage continued research and the dissemination of information on outer space matters, and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.

UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law)

Uncitral was established in 1966 and is nowadays the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. The Commission's wish is to modernize and harmonize rules on international business. Meetings are held in New York and Vienna whereas the Secretariat is situated in Vienna. The Commission itself is composed of 60 Member States elected by the General Assembly.


The Wassenaar Arrangement has been established in 1996 in order to contribute to regional and international stability and security, by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabalising accumulations. Participating States will seek, through their national policies, to ensure that transfers of these items do not contribute to the development or enhancement of military capabilities which undermine these goals, and are not diverted to support such capabilities. The current Head of Secretariat is Ambassador Philip Griffiths (New Zealand).

HCOC (The Hague Code of Conduct against the Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles)

Growing concerns over missile tests in a number of countries led the international community to increase its efforts in the prevention of ballistic missile proliferation. The Hague Code of Conduct against the Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles was adopted by an international conference in The Hague (Netherlands) in November 2002. By now, 134 states from all regions of the world have suscribed to this code as a politically binding instrument of verification and of confidencebuidling.
As agreed upon by the conference in The Hague, Austria serves as Immediate Central Contact point, and therefore coordinates the information exchange under HCOC. The Executive Secretariat is the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.