UN Chiefs Gather in IOM’s Vienna Office to Plan Future Directions

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 Dec 10, 2019

The Vienna Regional Office is today (10 December) welcoming over 40 distinguished guests from United Nations offices all over Europe, as it provides a timely and picturesque setting for the UN Regional System Meeting.

This is the first time an IOM Office has been the venue for such a high-level gathering, jointly hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme. It brings together regional directors and other senior managers of United Nations agencies based in Europe and Central Asia.

Regional Director Argentina Szabados thanked Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary and Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UNDP Regional Director for ECIS, and Irena Vojackova Sollorano, a.i Regional Director UN DCO for Europe and Central Asia for their presence, leadership and for agreeing to be hosted in Vienna. Ms Szabados reminded guests that Vienna is one of four international UN headquarters alongside New York, Geneva and Nairobi, and that 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the UN in Vienna.

“We have a rich agenda for the coming one and a half days, and we will have the opportunity to discuss a number of important topics of common interest,” she noted.

“This region has been pioneering in more ways than one; the Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) and the Issue-Based Coalitions (IBCs) which are now being replicated globally. I look forward to this pioneering spirit and to a continued partnership with you all.”

UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America and Central Asia, although all interested United Nations member States may participate in its work. Over 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations take part in UNECE activities.