Austrians in Peacekeeping Operations
The participation in peacekeeping operations represents one of Austria’s most essential contributions to the United Nations’ efforts to maintain peace and international security. In 1960 Austria participated for the first time in a UN-led operation by despatching a medical contingent for the United Nations Operation in Congo (ONUC). Since then, more than 90,000 Austrians have served in UN peacekeeping troops and several Austrians were appointed commanders of peacekeeping operations by the UN Secretary-General.
In 1997, the Federal Constitutional Act on Co-operation and Solidarity in Despatching Units and Individuals Abroad was adopted. This Act, which was adapted to the changed situation and replacing the Act on Despatching of 1965, represents the new constitutional basis for the participation of Austrians in UN operations. Austria fully supports the efforts by the UN to plan peacekeeping operations more efficiently and to be able to respond more effectively to crisis situations through more rapid deployment. The protection of the civilian population in conflict areas, especially women and children, is a particular Austrian concern.
Please follow the link for further information and an overview of current foreign deployments of the Austrian Armed Forces.