On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Sebastian Kurz, OSCEChairperson-in-Office and Austria’s Foreign Minister, Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, and Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, today called for renewed efforts for better education and strong messages against intolerance.
On 26 January 2017 the first Youth Talks at the Foreign Ministry were a forum for discussing youth radicalisation
For decades, Vienna has been a hub of international politics. At the beginning of the year, the international community celebrated “Implementation Day”, the day on which the Iran Deal successfully closed in Vienna in the summer of 2015 took effect. It was the day which cleared the way for lifting the international economic sanctions against Iran.
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. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the chairing state exercises the function of Chairperson-in-Office. The fact that in the OSCE decisions are taken by consensus of the 57 participating States makes the Chairmanship a special diplomatic challenge.