Austria - A significant contributor to UN peacekeeping operations
Since 1963, some 60.000 Austrian peacekeepers have participated in more than fifty UN missions. In the service for peace, twenty-three Austrian soldiers have lost their lives.
Taking into account personnel serving in UN mandated missions, involving other organisations such as the OSCE, the EU and NATO, Austria currently contributes more than 1400 troops, military observers, civilian police officers and civilian experts to peace operations throughout the world, its most recent being the peace-keeping mission in Chad.
Currently, Austria has deployed soldiers and police in the following UN-led Peacekeeping Missions:
MINURSO - Westsahara
UNDOF - Syria/Golan
UNFICYP - Cyprus
UNMIK - Kosovo
UNMIN - Nepal
UNOMIG - Georgia
UNOWA - West Africa
UNTSO - Middle East
SHIRBRIG - The UN's High Readiness Brigade
Austria acts as a chairman to SHIRBRIG throughout the year 2008. The "Stand-by Forces High Readiness Brigade for United Nations Operations" was established in 1996 by seven partner-nations, including Austria. Since then, nine more nations have joined this co-operation. SHIRBRIG’s sole purpose is to assist the United Nations by providing High Readiness Forces. In 2001 SHIRBRIG successfully completed its first field mission in the Horn of Africa (UNMEE) and in 2003 it contributed to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Austria already held the Presidency in this co-operation in 2004.
Austrian troops receive high-qualified training
Austria attaches great importance to the adequate training of military, police, and civilian peace-keeping personnel. The Austrian International Operations Command (AUTINT) conducts courses for national and international military experts. Those courses have been recognized by the United Nations as certified UN-training.