Vienna Committees

Martina Gredler  (Soroptomists)  email :

1st Vice Chair:
Evelyn Durmayer (International Association of Democratic Lawyers)

2nd Vice Chair:
Ilona Graenitz (SocialistWomen International)

Ingeborg  Geyer (Zonta)

Laurie Richardson (Fawco)


The Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women accredited at the United Nations Office in Vienna             was founded in 1982 and works on a voluntary basis on the national and international level. The committee is comprised of 40 international organizations with a focus on women's issues. The Committee's main purpose is to facilitate the activities of its member organisations in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women both among these member organisations and in relation to the UN Division for the Advancement of Women. It acts as a forum for the exchange of information and views on matters of common interest and co-ordinates the drafting of joint statements to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Its three goals are: Following the work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and submission of statements to its sessions, dissemination of related documents, as well as following meetings of the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women; Following the work of Vienna based UN Commissions and Agencies and submission of statements to respective sessions, dissemination of related documents; Dissemination of information on the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action, etc.

Klaus Renolder (
Tel: +43 2988 6236

Vice Chair     Laura Videla

This Committee is a forum for exchange of information and views on peace issues among NGO representatives and facilitates contacts with various departments of the UN, its specialized agencies in Vienna and with UN related international activities. Representatives of 25 NGOs take part regularly in the activities of the Committee. Representatives of other international and national NGOs are invited to participate in the Committees information and discussion meetings when matters of interest to them are on the agenda. The Committee meets at Vienna International Centre, the UN office building in Vienna. Main subject areas discussed by the Committee were: arms control and disarmament, tasks and further development of the UN, peace education. Recent meetings were devoted, inter alia, to: looking at the year 2000 NPT Review Conference; proposals for a peaceful solution in former Yugoslavia; the non-aligned movement initiatives for conflict settlement and disarmament; the negotiations on the adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe; the efforts to ban anti-personnel land mines.

The aim of the Committee is to provide a conduit between the NGOs who are interested in applications of space technology and space science and exploration, the United Nations Organization and the space community. The Committee is a forum that draws attention to the potential of space technology applications to areas of interest to NGOs, including e.g. scientific research and exploration, sustainable development, resource management, human development and security; facilitates relations between NGOs and providers of space-based services; exchanges experience in applying space technology to a wide range of Earth bound activities; and informs committee members of the impact of any relevant United Nations actions on outer space related activities.


Gertraud Dayé, Chair

Vice Chair:
Ulrike Waginger
Dirk Jarré

Christa Kirchmair

Gertraud Pichler

The NGO Committee on Ageing is promoting the three priorities of the Madrid International Action Plan on Ageing – participation of older people in all relevant politics and awareness raising; advancing health and wellbeing into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments. The Committee’s main focus is laid on the “universal design”/”design for all”/”inclusive design” concept to increase implementation of accessibility within all premises, buildings and living homes, but also in accessible public transport, products and services to meet the needs and requirements of the ageing society and families in connection with the diversities during the whole life cycle from young to old age.

*Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs

Michel Perron

Our committee provides a vital link between NGOs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)/ Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Initially created in 1983, the objective of the Committee is to support the work of the UNODC, provide information on NGO activities and involve a wide sector of civil society in raising awareness of global drug policies. For more information, please consult out website