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.
The following joint statement was made on the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
alks allowed exchange of ideas on European politics and international topics
The 2016 Olympic Summer Games will be held from 5 to 21 August 2016 and the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games from 7 to 18 September 2016 in Rio de Janeiro