OSCE- The Austrian Chairmanship in 2017

"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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The OSCE is chaired on a rotating basis by the participating States. Each state holds the Chairmanship for one year and in this capacity plays a major role in steering the work of the OSCE and in representing the organisation externally.

57 participating States entrusted Austria with the Chairmanship of the OSCE for the year 2017. In this function Austria succeeds Germany, which held this position in 2016. The OSCE Chairmanship is mandated with a wide range of tasks and is thus a central political player. In this role as mediator and facilitator Austria will be able to build on its foreign policy experience and priorities in contributing to strengthening security.

The challenges and priorities of the Austrian Chairmanship thus include managing conflicts, preventing and fighting transnational threats to internal security and re-establishing trust and confidence in a common space shared by 1.2 billion people. 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.

Priorities

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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Holiday Greetings from the Austrian Mission

With sincere appreciation for your friendship and close cooperation, we would like to extend our best wishes for the holidays and a happy New Year to our dear colleagues and friends from all Diplomatic Missions and UN- Secretariat here in New York.

Sincerely,

The Austrian Mission Team

 

 

Meet the Ambassador

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Ambassador Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in New York, presented his credentials on 8 September 2015.

Austrian National Day 26 October

Video message from the Austrian Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Sebastian Kurz commemorating the Austrian National Day on 26 October.