Vienna, 5 May 2003 - The Foreign Ministers of 13 states - Chile, Greece, Ireland, Jordan, Canada, Mali, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, South Africa (observer status) and Thailand will be meeting in Graz on 8 - 10 May. These states have joined together with the scientific community and civil society to form the "Human Security Network", a supra-regional interest group whose goal is to develop initiatives and new political strategies with the aim of protecting and promoting the security needs of individuals and society as a whole.
Austria took over the chairmanship of the Network from Chile last year. The highlight of the Austrian chairmanship of the Human Security Network is the forthcoming Ministerial Meeting in Graz, the human rights capital. The priority issues of the Austrian chairmanship under Minister for Foreign Affairs Benita Ferrero - Waldner are "human rights education" and "children in armed conflicts". Further information can be found on the homepage of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs at www.bmaa.gv.at and at http://www.humansecuritynetwork.org.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Province of Styria and the City of Graz cordially invite representatives of the media to participate in the accompanying programme, and the following scheduled press events:
Thursday, 8 May, 2003
5.15 p.m.: Presentation on mine clearance (Austrian Federal Army and Canadian Army)/ speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Mariahilfer Platz, Graz
6.00 p.m.: Inaugural event:Medieval Banqueting Hall (Rittersaal) of the Styrian Parliament Building (Landhaus), Graz
Speakers: the Mayor of Graz, Siegfried Nagl; the Province Governor of Styria, Mrs. Waltraud Klasnic; Minister for Foreign Affairs Benita Ferrero-Waldner; the UN High Representative for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello and Sadako Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
7.30-9.30 p.m.: Reception hosted by the Mayor of Graz; signing of the Golden Book
of the City of Graz at the Styrian Parliament Building (Landhaus), Graz
Friday, 9 May, 2003
Press workroom: open from 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
8:45 a.m. Welcome photo, Graz Castle, Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner greets the visiting foreign dignitaries; photo opportunity to mark the opening of the conference
10:30 a.m. Press conference: Graz Castle
11:30 a.m. Group photo: Graz Castle
Afternoon: Programme for journalists - Graz, European City of Culture 2003
Room reservations: Media representatives can reserve rooms until 28 April using the reservation form.
Registration: Prior registration is required for all press events. Please register with the Press Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel.: ++43/1/53 115 - 3262.
For security reasons, the press ID badges issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and distributed at scheduled press events must be worn and visible at all times during the scheduled press events.