Serving the international community
Austria is fully committed to the UN’s objectives and principles.
Since becoming a member of the United Nations in 1955, Austria has put particular emphasis on Peacekeeping and Conflict Prevention, and, with some 60,000 troops, has become one of the largest troop contributors for UN operations.
It supports and works constructively towards continued Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and the ban of Cluster Munitions as well as Landmines.
The promotion of and respect for International and Humanitarian Law as well as Human Rights have always been at the centre of its UN activities. This includes the continued efforts put into maintaining the Dialogue among Civilisations as well as the support for the International Criminal Court.
Development Cooperation, one part of it being the engagement for Sustainable Development and Environment, plays a leading role in Austria's foreign relations.
As member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as other UN-bodies, Austria plays an active role in the economic, environmental, development and humanitarian field dealt with in the General Assembly.
Austria feels particularly attached to the ongoing Reform of the United Nations - especially as its capital Vienna hosts one of the UN-headquarters, the others being New York and Geneva. The final report of the four-year-long Austrian Initiative "The Security Council and the Rule of Law" was presented in April 2008.
Other priorities include Humanitarian Assistance, the Fight against Terrorism and Climate Change, as well as Drug and Crime Prevention.