Since joining the United Nations Organization (UN) on 14 December 1955 as its 70th member, Austria has established itself as an engaged UN Member State. Austria advocates a strong and efficient UN and actively participates in its tasks.
Besides peace and security as well as conflict prevention, Austria puts great emphasis on the strengthening of human rights and the rule of law, protection of civilians (in particular women and children) in armed conflict and the fight against impunity. Austria successfully set course in these areas. Thanks to its engagement it managed to build broad recognition and support for these topics within the UN Security Council.
Austria’s priorities further include the fight against drugs and organized crime, disarmament and non-proliferation, the environment and the further development of international law. In the past, Austria repeatedly acted as a mediator and substantially contributed to the development of international law ("Vienna Conventions").
Moreover, Austria focuses on the ongoing UN reform process and consequently advocates improved working methods of the UN Security Council.
The post-2015 agenda, youth and energy are Austria's priorities within the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Austria presides over the ECOSOC until 2015.