OSCE- The Austrian Chairmanship in 2017

Picture:Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz briefs the Security Council in his capacity as Chairperson-in-Office of OSCE

"In times of major upheaval and increasing levels of insecurity, international and regional organisations must assume political responsibility. Building on its role as an honest broker, Austria will seek to promote dialogue and cooperation in the OSCE region."

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In his capacity as Chairman-in-Office for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, briefed the UN Security Council in New York on 22 February regarding Austria’s plans for its chairmanship of the OSCE in 2017, as well as on current developments in the OSCE region.  

Sebastian Kurz also referred to the Austrian Chairmanship’s priorities, which are to contribute to defusing armed conflicts in the OSCE region, particularly in Eastern Ukraine; the joint fight against radicalisation and violent extremism, as well as efforts to rebuild lost trust in Europe.

With its 57 participating states, from Vancouver to Vladivostok, the OSCE is the largest regional security organisation under chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations. Within this framework, the OSCE continually informs the Security Council of its activities. The OSCE and the United Nations are connected by decades of cooperation, especially in terms of crisis and conflict management.

Sebastian Kurz acknowledged this profound institutional cooperation between both organisations in his talks with the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres. The cooperation comprises political dialogue, coordination and exchange of information, joint projects in various regions and issues as well as mutual technical support. Practical collaborative projects between the OSCE and specialised agencies of the United Nations have been particularly strong and successful.

Priorities

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz meets UN Secretary-General Guterres at the UNHQ in New York on 22 February 2017

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The Austrian Mission Team

 

 

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