The United Nations Club of Belgrade University, Faculty of Law after last year’s successful visit to the United Nations Office in Geneva, organized a visit to the second European headquarter of the United Nations in Vienna, Republic of Austria.

The study visit, which took place from April 29thto May 2nd, 2019, was consisted of introduction to the history of the United Nations Office in Vienna, and two expert lectures.

Getting to know the way of establishing the Office, as well as today’s functioning and usage of the building in which one of the two European headquarters of the United Nations is located, was headed by Ms. Josipa Cvitić, an official of the United Nations Office in Vienna. Our guide talked to our students about the history of the Vienna International Center, about between Austria and the United Nations on the use of the complex. Our members have beenacquainted with opportunities regarding working in and with the United Nations as well as opportunities for interning within the Organisation. 

The first lecture for our students was held by Mr. Niklas Hedman, Chief of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee at the United Nations Office for the Outer of Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The topic of the lecture was ” Global Space Governance – Role of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space(COPUOS) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)”. There was an introduction to the upcoming potential regulations within the scope of Space and the cooperation of the International community within this field. There was word about planning for the future in order to prevent potential conflict of interests between numerous and various actors in Space Affairs. Students have also been shown the ecological aspect of human activity in Space. Precisely the satellites that are already in Space, but are no longer working.  Serbia unfortunately isn’t a state members present in the discussion on Space Affairs, although there are efforts to include her.

The second lecture was delivered by Mr. dr. Ferid Shannoun, Scientific Officer at the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). The topic of the lecture was “The work of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation “.On the аffects of Radon and efforts that the United Nations take in researching this occurrence and the like. On the way how work on the ground looks for the employees of the United Nations within this Committee of the United Nations and the results, they have so far achieved for preserving eco systems and human health. Serbia so far wasn’t a country where these researches have been conducted in. Mr. dr. Ferid Shannoun was so kind to give our students the books the United Nations have worked on concerning these topics, and for that we are internally grateful.

The study trip was organized and led by the members of the Board of Directors of the United Nations Club of the Law Faculty of the University of Belgrade, President Sara Petrović, Secretary General Teodora Višnjić, with the support of the professors from the Faculty of Law and the Student Parliament of the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade.