Harm reduction in Vienna


Harm reduction in Vienna

24 June 2016

Vienna is the location of the headquarters of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In addition, Vienna is the third UN residence city, after New York and Geneva. The Vienna International Centre (VIC), UNO-city – contains the offices of the IAEA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). The UN Vienna International Centre, at the Kaisermühlen underground station, is magnificent. It is hard to make an accurate estimate of how many people work there and how many more visit it on a daily basis as guests, visitors and sightseers. From the inside, it resembles an ant-hill: an endless flow of people, with work carrying on in a variety of halls and other rooms.

The annual CND meeting isn't just speeches and exchange of ideas, but also offers an opportunity to see with your own eyes how, for example, the Vienna police and fire service work, or what harm reduction in Vienna means. This is a tour we had a chance to take, so for several hours DUNews soaked up information in the centre providing integrated support to drug users.

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