A Greeting from Ambassador Jan Kickert
Welcome to the Website of the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations! Thank you for your interest in Austria’s work at the UN. I hope you will find the information you are looking for.
Austria is a proud member of the United Nations, having joined immediately after regaining her full sovereignty in 1955. So, as the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015, Austria celebrated her 60th anniversary as a UN member state.
Multilateral diplomacy - with the United Nations at its center - is a cornerstone of Austria’s foreign policy.
You will thus find Austria an active and engaged UN member in fields as diverse as peace operations, human rights, the rule of law, development, environment and disarmament.
It is a privilege to serve as ambassador to the United Nations where together with colleagues from all over the world we are making an effort to tackle the many challenges our planet is facing.
My team and I are looking forward to making our contribution.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Mission for any further inquiries about our work at the UN or Austria in general!
Ambassador Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in New York, presented his credentials on 8 September 2015.
19 September 1964 Born in Bangkok (Thailand)
1964-1970 Living in Thailand (Bangkok, Chiangrai, Chiangmai)
1970-1982 Primary & Secondary schooling in Vienna (Austria)
1982-1993 University of Vienna, Austria: Studies in Geography, History and Social Sciences (Master of Arts); Civilian Service, Work in tourism and the computer business
1993-1995 Diplomatic Academy, Vienna (Austria)
1995- Austrian MfA
1996/1997 Austrian Embassy Bratislava (Slovakia) Attaché
1997-1999 Austrian Embassy Belgrade (FRY), 2nd Secretary
1998/1999 Seconded as Special Assistant to the EU Special Envoy to Kosovo, Ambassador Wolfgang Petritsch: Participation in the Conferences of Rambouillet and Paris
1999/2000 Seconded as Political Advisor to the SRSG of UNMIK (Kosovo), Dr. Bernard Kouchner
2001-2004 Austrian Embassy Ottawa, Minister-Counsellor and DHM
Autumn 2004 Personal representative of HR/SG Javier Solana to Kosovo
2005-2007 Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs
2007-2009 Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs
June 2009- October 2011 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Croatia
November 2011 – August 2015 Director General for Political Affairs/Austrian MfA
As of 31 August 2015 Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in New York