Note No 152
31 August 2001


VIENNA, 31 August (UN Information Service) – A new child care centre was officially inaugurated in the grounds of the Vienna International Centre on Thursday by the Vice-Mayor of the City of Vienna, the Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and the Staff Council presidents of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and IAEA. The new kindergarten facility with its colour-coded group rooms, playroom, kitchens, bathrooms together with an outdoor playground will accommodate more than 150 children: infants, toddlers and pre-school children from three months to six years.

The project is a joint effort of the Vienna-based organisations: IAEA, UNOV, UNIDO and CTBTO. The financing of the project which cost more than 20 million Austrian schillings, came from three sources: the Municipality of Vienna, the Federal Government of Austria and the Staff Welfare Funds of the above mentioned organisations.

The original child care centre was housed in a relatively humble wooden structure often referred to as "the Barracks". The maximum capacity of the old centre was 32 children and only for those from three months to three years old. A survey conducted among 4,000 VIC staff in 1991 revealed a demand for some 350 child care places which would accommodate children up to six years old.

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