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Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz at the UN in New York

Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, in his capacity as OSCE Chairman-in-Office travels to the United Nations in New York.

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 February 22, 2017 regarding Austria’s chairmanship program for the OSCE in 2017 as well as on current developments in the OSCE area.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, February 22, 2017. Photo: Dragan Tatic

The Austrian Chairmanship’s priorities are: contributing to defusing armed conflicts in the OSCE area, particularly in Eastern Ukraine; the joint fight against radicalization and violent extremism; as well as efforts to rebuild lost trust in Europe.

With its 57 participating states, from Vancouver to Vladivostok, the OSCE is the largest regional security organization under chapter VIII of the Charter of the United Nations. Within this framework, the OSCE continually informs the Security Council of its activities. The OSCE and the United Nations are connected by decades of cooperation, especially in terms of crisis and conflict management.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz at the UN Security Council in New York, February 22, 2017. Photo: Dragan Tatic

Sebastian Kurz acknowledged this profound institutional cooperation between both organizations in his talks with the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres. The cooperation comprises political dialogue, coordination and exchange of information, joint projects in various regions as well as mutual technical support. Practical collaborative projects between the OSCE and specialized agencies of the United Nations have been particularly strong and successful.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York, February 22, 2017. Photo: Dragan Tatic

The foreign minister also opened an exhibition on the occasion of the 175th double anniversary of both the Vienna and the New York Philharmonic at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. Vienna and New York: 175 Years of Two Philharmonics, on view through March 10, 2017, presents archival material including historic conducting scores, programs, photographs from performances and tours, and letters from composers and conductors who played significant roles in the orchestras’ histories.

Furthermore, the minister met David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, for an exchange of views.

Foreign Minister Kurz meets David Harris. Photo: Dragan Tatic.