Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building
The prevention of conflict - An important foreign policy priority for Austria
Support for the rule of law, human rights, democratic participation and economic development is seen as a means to reduce the probability of conflicts within societies and among states turning violent. Austria’s membership in the Human Security Network is an integral part of that strategy.
Austria is an active supporter of post-conflict peace-building activities going beyond crisis intervention. These activities aim to sustain longer-term development and the establishment of civil society and good governance structures and institutions in order to prevent conflicts from re-occurring. The Security Council takes these tasks increasingly into account when formulating new mandates for peacekeeping operations.
In implementing a coherent and comprehensive approach to conflict prevention and solution, Austria provides special expertise through the Austrian Center for Conflict Resolution in Burg Schlaining.
In addition, the Austrian Government supports the programs of the „Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution” and the "Fellowship Programme in Peace-making and Preventive Diplomacy", organised by UNITAR, held at Burg Schlaining (Burgenland).