Head of mission
Albert Frantz is Head of Mission Vienna/Austria. He is probably the only world-class pianist who started his musical training at the age of 17 years (other usually start at three to six years).
The Diplomatic Council Vienna is focusing on human rights issues.
Vienna is one of the four headquarters of the United Nations, along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi. Diplomatic Council members have the possibility to attend selected UN conferences they qualify for with their exerptise.
The United Nations family in Vienna includes: The United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom), The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), The International Organization for Migration (IOM), Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SEforALL), The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention - UN Environment (UNEP) (UNEP Vienna - SCC), The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) Vienna Office, The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA), The United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD), and the The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)
Once a year it invites to its Senate Reception in the famous Vienna Town Hall by invitation of the Major of Vienna. Every year a starting signal is given for a new topic to better the world. So far initiatives have been started against violence in sport, child abuse and security. The Diplomatic Council Vienna works closely with the Vienna International Centre, where the United Nations are based. Members have the chance to attend and to present at UN side events organized by the Diplomatic Council Vienna Mission.