At the invitation of the Austrian government, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) established their headquarters in Vienna in 1957 and 1967 respectively. In the 1970s, the government established a permanent residence for these two organizations: the Vienna International Centre (VIC). In order to make full use of the new entity, other Un units were transferred from New York and Geneva to Vienna. Many of them have been consolidated at the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV). Transferred from Beirut in 1978, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the West (UNRWA) had its temporary headquarters at the VIC before being transferred to Gaza City in 1997. In March 1997, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTTO) was established at the VIC. The VIC was inaugurated on August 23, 1979. On 28 September 1979, the IAEA and Austria, as well as between the United Nations and Austria, signed separate agreements on behalf of UNIDO and other UN agencies in Vienna. For 99 years, the Austrian government sold the vicar complex to the United Nations and the IAEA for the symbolic rent of an Austrian shilling (equivalent to 0.07 euros today). The UNOV Management Division is comprised of the Conference Management Service, the General Support Section and the Security and Security Service. Its mission is to contact and negotiate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization on all aspects of administrative arrangements at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). The department assists the Director General in negotiations with the host country authorities on all administrative matters related to the implementation of the siege agreements.
It provides: conference services for offices and secretariat units as well as for VIC organizations; security services for VIC users, land and buildings; and general assistance services, including coordination of the use of the common space at the VIC, garage management and the provision of postal services. The new agreement does not cover social security issues, for which the United Nations and Austria will soon negotiate a new agreement. The new agreement – and a new parallel headquarters agreement signed today by UNIDO – consolidates a large number of legal agreements between the Austrian government and the Vienna-based UN offices, covering issues such as the sharing of the Vienna International Centre and the status of UN staff in Austria. In addition, the agreement contains Austria`s offer to make free access to the United Nations for the use of meeting facilities at the Austrian International Centre in Vienna. As part of the United Nations global library network, the Library collaborates with various United Nations libraries around the world. The Vienna Library also works closely with the Library of International Trade Law (UNCIT) and the United Nations Information Service Library (UNIS).  The United Nations Library in Vienna provides comprehensive library and information services to staff of United Nations units based in Vienna, as well as to all members of permanent missions in Vienna and to certain clients.  Austria`s efforts should be seen as a confirmation of its willingness to feel at home international organizations in Austria, not as foreigners.