The establishment of this Office is a response to the growing need for cooperation in all areas of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. It will especially improve collaboration among the Vienna-based organizations and specialized agencies.
— Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
17 February 2012
Established in 2011, ODA’s Liaison Office in Vienna facilitates closer cooperation with Vienna based offices and organizations, ensuring effective interaction across all areas of disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation. Its principal partners in this regard are the United Nations Office at Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, as well as with other relevant regional intergovernmental organizations, such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
ODA’s Liaison Office in Vienna also works closely with related international disarmament and civil-society organizations, including the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and the academic community on disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control issues.
While the work of ODA’s Liaison Office in Vienna focuses on liaison and cooperation as well as promoting dialogue, its activities include capacity building through the organisation and promotion of educational disarmament events and training workshops. To this end, the Office has developed a comprehensive online training course on disarmament and non-proliferation, with the aim of providing participants with first-hand knowledge from major international organizations and practitioners. In 2017, ODA’s Liaison Office in Vienna provided a Scholarship for Peace to 140 young professional women from 77 countries of the Global South. The scholarship provided an opportunity to obtain disarmament and non-proliferation training involving various partner organizations. The scholarship was designed to promote full and equal participation of women in disarmament and non-proliferation efforts, at both grassroots and policy-making levels.
A similar course has been developed for the OSCE Member States. In 2019, the OSCE and ODA through its Liaison Office in Vienna will once again jointly organise a similar event composed of online training, in-person training organised in Vienna followed by a Forum hosting substantive panel discussions and showcasing career opportunities.
ODA’s Liaison Office in Vienna furthermore assists on a wider range of disarmament related issues, including support for the implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, and cooperation with UNODC on the implementation of the UN Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol).
Finally, ODA’s Liaison Office in Vienna is currently hosting staff, funded by the European Union, to advance the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004).
UNODA Vienna Office
Vienna International Centre
P.O. Box 500
1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel: (+43-1) 26060-4180
Fax: (+43-1) 26060-7-4180