United Nations System

United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)

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The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) was established on 1 January 1980 as the third United Nations Headquarters after New York and Geneva, and before Nairobi. It performs representation and liaison functions with Permanent missions to the United Nations in Vienna, the Austrian Government and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Vienna.

UNOV manages and implements the United Nations programme on the peaceful uses of outer space (COPUOS) and provides common services, such as conference services, information services, security and safety services, procurement services and general support services, for the organizations located at the Vienna International Centre (VIC).

UNOV is closely associated with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). A shared Division for Management, in addition to the common services listed above, supports both organizations with financial resources management services, human resources management services and information technology and communications services.

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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the world’s center of cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world´s "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 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 IAEA’s mission is guided by the interests and needs of Member States, strategic plans and the vision embodied in the IAEA Statute. Three main pillars underpin the IAEA’s mission: Safety and Security; Science and Technology; and Safeguards and Verification.

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997, UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. The three pillars of the UNODC work programme are:

  • Field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism;
  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence base for policy and operational decisions;
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the relevant international treaties and the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism.

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United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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Set up in 1966, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition. The Organization focuses on three main thematic areas: poverty reduction through productive activities, trade capacity-building and Energy and environment.

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

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Set up in 1996, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is an interim organization tasked with building up the verification regime of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in preparation for the Treaty’s entry into force as well as promoting the Treaty’s universality.

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United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

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Set up in 1966, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. UNCITRAL’s activities are focused on the modernization and harmonization of rules on international business. It formulates modern, fair, and harmonized rules on commercial transactions, including:

  • 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;
  • Regional and national seminars on uniform commercial law.

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Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

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The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) was set up by the General Assembly of the United Nations 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.

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United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)

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The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1955. Its mandate in the United Nations system is to assess and report levels and effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. Governments and organizations throughout the world rely on the Committee’s estimates as the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risk and for establishing protective measures. The organization has no power to set radiation standards nor to make recommendations in regard to nuclear testing. In particular, UNSCEAR has published reports and assessments of radiation levels and effects from both Chernobyl and Fukushima accident.

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International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)

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The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is an independent, quasi-judicial expert body established in 1961 as the monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions. The Commission has power to influence drug control policy by advising other bodies and deciding how various substances will be controlled.

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Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)

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Set up in 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) program is a UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon initiative that brings together top-level leadership from all sectors of society – governments, private sector and civil society - in support of three interlinked objectives:

  1. Providing universal access to modern energy services;
  2. Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
  3. Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Sustainable Energy for All has generated significant momentum since its launch. More than 75 countries have chosen to pursue Sustainable Energy for All’s objectives and over than 50 High Impact Opportunities (HIOs) have been identified.

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United Nations Register of Damage (UNRoD)

The United Nations Register of Damage (UNRoD) is a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly of the United Nations established in 2007. UNRoD’s mandate is to serve as a record, in documentary form, of the damage caused to all natural and legal persons concerned as a result of the construction of the Wall by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem. UNRoD is not a compensation commission, claims-resolution facility, judicial or quasi-judicial body.

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Sources: UNOV, IAEA, UNODC, UNIDO, CTBTO, UNCITRAL, COPUOS, UNSCEAR, INCB, SE4All, UNRoD.

Dernière modification : 02/12/2014

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