Priorities of the Austrian Chairmanship
Especially since the events of 2014, it has become clear that it is no longer exclusively border conflicts and military confrontations, but also increasing radicalization and terrorism as well as a growing loss of trust – also among participating States – that are giving way to a rising feeling of insecurity and augmenting fears in our societies. It is particularly against such a background that the OSCE plays a key role in re-establishing security and stability.
Austria has therefore defined the priorities for its Chairmanship of the OSCE 2017 in response to the current threats and challenges in the OSCE area. In the context of its Chairmanship Austria will thus focus on:
1) Contributing towards defusing existing conflicts.
The last few months have seen a further aggravation of violent conflicts, which have already resulted in numerous victims, displacements and destruction. The Austrian Chairmanship will therefore place a major focus on addressing and countering these developments.
2) Joining forces in fighting radicalization and violent extremism.
The increasing threat to domestic security posed by radicalization of mainly young people and resulting in terrorism represents an imminent risk to the entire OSCE area. The Austrian Chairmanship will therefore place a major focus on countering these tendencies.
3) Re-establishing trust and confidence.
The increasing loss of trust between OSCE participating States as well as citizens’ continuing loss of confidence in governmental institutions and organizations mandated with safeguarding peace and our shared values, needs to be critically examined. Building on the valuable work of the prior Chairmanships and in close coordination with our German and Italian partners in the OSCE Troika, the Austrian Chairmanship will therefore foster common action to renew with confidence building.