UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Vienna

 

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for talks at the Foreign Ministry

In the context of the visit UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is currently paying to Vienna, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz invited the UNSG for a working discussion at the Foreign Ministry. Talks focused on the challenges Austria and Europe are currently facing, especially in connection with the refugee crisis and the fight against radicalisation and terrorism. 

A further topic addressed was the important role played by Austria as the seat and headquarters of a total of 37 international organisations. Vienna has successfully

established itself as a hub for the promotion of peace, security and sustainable development and for the fight against crime, drug abuse and terrorism. Another international focus pursued by organisations with headquarters in Vienna is on the field of disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.  

The Vienna-based international organisations employ more than 6,000 staff from around the world, including some 1,500 Austrians. With an estimated indirect profitability of approximately 500 million euros annually, the international organisations and institutions in Austria make a substantial contribution to Austria’s, and in particular to Vienna’s, economic development and enhance the international presence and attractiveness of Vienna as a venue for dialogue and multi-lateral diplomacy. Thus Austria has frequently hosted international dialogues including, for instance, the nuclear negotiations with Iran which were also brought to positive conclusion in Vienna. The successful completion of the nuclear talks with Iran in July 2015 and the Syria talks which have been held in Vienna since autumn 2015, also translated into an advertising value for Austria in the range of 100 million euros.

From 27 to 28 April, the United Nation’s Chief Executive Board (CEB) Meeting, involving UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and all heads of UN organisations, will be held in Vienna. Following the 2010 convention, this will thus be the second CEB Meeting to be held in Vienna. On the margins of this event, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon will hold a number of meetings and discussions in Vienna.  

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