The United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE) works with seven major organizations of the United Nations system based in Vienna: the International Atomic Energy Agency; the UN Office on Drugs and Crime; the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization; the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs; the Wassenaar Arrangement; the UN Commission on International Trade Law; and the UN Industrial Development Organization, of which the U.S. is not a member. UNVIE also covers the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.
UNVIE's mission is to conduct effective multilateral diplomacy with International Organizations in Vienna to advance President Obama's commitment to design and implement global approaches to reduce global threats and seize global opportunities.
To pursue this agenda, UNVIE employs 25 officers and 10 staff supported by an operating budget of $1.5 million. UNVIE also monitors the use more than $200 million in U.S. contributions to international organizations in Vienna.
UNVIE is currently headed by Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Laura Kennedy.
Deputy U.S. Representative (DCM) Thomas J. Hushek oversees four sections within the Mission: the International Atomic Energy Agency Section, the United Nations Affairs Section, the Arms Control Section, and the Public Affairs Section.
Mission administrative support is provided by the Joint Management Office, part of the U.S. Embassy to Austria. UNVIE's staff includes representatives from the Department of State, the Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
UNVIE receives over 1,000 U.S. Government and national laboratory visitors a year, from Cabinet to working-level, who participate in the work of Vienna-based international organizations or consult with UNVIE staff. UNVIE supports over 100 major policy meetings annually ranging in length from one day to two weeks.