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 OSCEin 2017 as well as on current developments in the OSCE area.
Top politicians from the whole world met once more to discuss future issues concerning international security policy at the 53rd Munich Security Conference. The key topics were transatlantic relations following the presidential election in the US, relationships with Russia, the global fight against terror and threats to health and climate security. Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz, held a few talks in order to discuss the challenges being faced and the concerted efforts to be undertaken.
Celebrating this day, young women are offered an opportunity to gain insights into the work at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs under the Ladies in Leadership programme.
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.