Coronavirus: UNIDO and other organizations to limit access to Vienna International Centre

Coronavirus: UNIDO and other organizations to limit access to Vienna International Centre

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VIENNA, 13 March 2020 - Bearing in mind the measures taken by the Austrian authorities and the advice from the Vienna International Centre (VIC) Medical Service, the Executive Heads of the four main Vienna-based Organizations (VBOs) have instructed personnel to work from home from 16 March to 3 April 2020. Only essential or critical staff, as identified by each VBO, will work at the VIC. Non-essential staff and visitors will not have access to the VIC during this period.

The four Executive Heads have further instructed all personnel to halt all non-essential duty travel with effect from 16 March 2020.

This measure will be reviewed prior to 3 April, taking into account the evolving situation and the recommendations of local authorities. 

These measures are taken on clear medical advice and with the welfare of staff and their families as the central priority. In a statement, the Executive Heads of the four main Vienna-based Organizations (VBOs) stressed that “as part of the community of our host country, Austria, we can all play our part in helping to try to contain the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the risk of transmission at the VIC and elsewhere.”

The four main Vienna-based organizations are the United Nations Office at Vienna/UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

For more information, please contact

Charles Arthur, UNIDO Communications Officer.

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