The Australian Embassy in Vienna and Permanent Mission to the UN is accredited to Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia, and to the International Organisations in Vienna.
The Australian Embassy will be closed on Monday 1 May 2017
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Countering the world drug problem: Australia’s statement at the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna
Photo caption: Dr Wendy Southern PSM, Deputy Secretary, National Program Delivery Group, Department of Health, delivering Australia’s statement at the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) on 13 March in Vienna. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Dr Southern said that a holistic and multifaceted approach is needed to address the world drug problem effectively. Law and enforcement approaches were vital to reducing supply, while health-based strategies aimed at reducing the uptake of illicit drugs and providing treatment for users were also critical. Australia, she said, is working closely with partners in the Asia-Pacific region to address shared illicit drug challenges, including as a key contributor to the Global Synthetics Monitoring: Analysis, Reporting and Trends Program (SMART), which aims to counter the synthetic drug problem through support to governments, including in the East and South-East Asia region.
Photo caption: Australian Ambassador Dr Brendon Hammer (fourth from left), and Dr Wendy Southern PSM (second, right), visit the SMART lab, UNODC Vienna. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Dr Southern also said Australia will continue to advocate for greater access to controlled medicines for those in need around the world and the protection of human rights in addressing the world drug problem. Australia would continue to advocate and pursue these platforms if re-elected to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs for the 2018-21 term.
Australia is an active member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and has been a top ten donor
International Women’s Day 2017: Women in Multilateralism Event at the Australian Residence
The Australian government is committed to the empowerment of women and girls globally. In recognition of this and to mark International Women’s Day 2017, on 1 March the Australian Embassy hosted a Women in Multilateralism event to discuss and consider practical initiatives to advance gender equality in multilateral policy-making. HE Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen, Norwegian Permanent Mission, and Mary Alice Hayward, Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Management, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), provided insights and engaged in discussion with participants on the far-reaching benefits that can derive from gender diversity at national, sectoral as well as organisational levels.
Photo caption (from left to right): Norwegian Ambassador HE Bente Angell-Hansen, IAEA Deputy Director General Mary Alice Hayward and Australian Deputy Head of Mission Alison Drury. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Photo caption: Panel discussion at the Australian Residence. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
The event provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss practical initiatives that could be taken forward within and across multilateral agencies in Vienna. Ways to draw women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); creating career opportunities for women including through mentoring, networking, and sponsorship; the importance of role models and gender champions; and achieving a work-life balance were prominent themes. The importance of considering and reflecting gender in the drafting of resolutions, and facilitating and maintaining an on-going discourse and awareness of the gender agenda were also identified as key objectives.
To learn more about the Australian Government’s commitment to the economic social and political empowerment of women globally, please refer to the publication Australia Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment through Aid, Trade and Economic Diplomacy.
Australia Supporting the IAEA’s Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology
Photo caption: Ambassador Dr Brendon Hammer (right) talks to Dr Andrew Cannavan, Head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Sciences and Applications Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory, Seibersdorf. Copyright: IAEA
Photo caption: Inspecting construction works to upgrade the IAEA’s nuclear application laboratories at Seibersdorf to which DFAT has pledged EUR 600,000. Copyright: IAEA
Nuclear technology is being used in a multitude of sophisticated ways and directly contributes to nine of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals – including in developing diagnostics and treatments for cancer and other diseases, and making breakthroughs in clean energy production. The International Atomic Energy Agency laboratories at Seibersdorf, Austria are using nuclear science to advance :
- Human health by developing dosage standards for cancer treatments;
- Animal health through control of transboundary animal disease and improved livestock productivity;
- Plant breeding and genetics – to improve crop yields and the hardiness;
- Food safety by tracing food origins and identifying contaminants;
- Soil and water management to ensure sustainable and efficient use of water; and
- Pest control – including through the sterilisation of insects.
In recognition of the important contribution the IAEA is making through the peaceful application of nuclear technology, in 2015 the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade pledged EUR 600,000 to upgrade the nuclear applications laboratories at Seibersdorf. Building works, which will realise the construction of two new laboratories, are scheduled to be completed in 2018.
On 28 February 2017 Australian Ambassador Dr Brendon Hammer visited the Seibersdorf laboratories to inspect the ReNuAL construction and learn about the important work being carried out by IAEA scientists.
Australia is proud collaborative centre partner of the IAEA through the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Find out more about ANSTO’s nuclear science and technology activities which include its research, management of landmark infrastructure (including the OPAL research reactor) and its substantial and increasing contribution to the global supply of medical radioisotopes here.
Zero Project: Australia’s JobAccess Service recognised with a 2017 Innovative Policy Award
Photo caption (l-r): Ms Alexandra Wandel, Director, World Future Council; Ambassador Dr Brendon Hammer; Ms Helen Green, Disability Employment Services Branch, Australian Department of Social Services; Mr Martin Essl, Founder of the Zero Project. Copyright: Zero Project
On 23 February, Ambassador Dr Brendon Hammer and Ms Helen Green proudly accepted an Innovative Policy award on behalf of Australia’s JobAccess Service at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna. The award recognised JobAccess’s contribution to advancing employment of persons with disabilities. JobAccess supports employers as well as people with disability through services including workplace adjustment, vocational training, recruitment strategies for sustainable employment, flexible workplace practices, workplace training, workplace assessment and work health and safety. JobAccess also educates employers on the benefits of employing people with disability and the government supports available.
The Zero Project is an initiative of the Austrian Essl Foundation which supports the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and focuses on the rights of persons with disabilities globally. Its annual conference allows organisations responsible for the development of innovative policies and practices to present solutions to peers, stakeholders, government ministers and other key influencers.
The 2017 Zero Project Conference focused on disability-inclusive employment, work, and vocational education and training. The award was handed over by Martin Essl, Founder of the Zero Project, and Jakob von Uexkull, Partner of the Zero Project and Founder of the World Future Council, in the United Nations Office in Vienna.
The Zero Project Conference was attended by more than 500 experts from more than 70 countries.
Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) 2017 grant round is open for application, closing at 2pm AEST on 12 April 2017. The ACDGP is open to Australian residents, groups and individuals. Foreign organisations can partner with an Australian applicant who will undertake the application and administer the grant.
For further information about the ACDGP 2017 round, please see here.
Australia’s statement to the OSCE Ministerial Council
Photo caption: Ambassador Hammer delivering Australia’s statement at the 23rd meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg. Copyright: Australian Embassy.
Ambassador Dr Brendon Hammer delivered Australia's statement to the 23rd Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Hamburg, Germany on 9 December 2016. Ambassador Hammer conveyed Australia’s disappointment that ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine remained intractable and once again called on Russia to abide by its international obligations. He stated that Australia did not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea, and stressed the role of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine in assessing the implementation of the ceasefire. Ambassador Hammer welcomed the OSCE’s activities on countering terrorism and violent extremism, and highlighted Australia’s participation in OSCE workshops on combatting human trafficking. Ambassador Hammer also registered Australia's candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council for the term 2018-20. Read the full statement here.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 November marks the UN International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). Eliminating violence against women, both in Australia and internationally, is a priority of the Australian Government and a key part of its foreign policy and overseas aid program. This day, followed by the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, encourages the change in attitude and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate violence against women by mobilising people everywhere to bring about change. For a media release by the Minister for Foreign Mininster, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, please refer here.
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls works to ensure that the empowerment of women and girls is a central focus of Australia's diplomatic, development and defence concerns. Hear from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls about what we can do to stop violence against women here.
Remembrance Day 2016
On Remembrance Day, a minute’s silence is held in many parts of the world to remember the servicemen and women who gave their lives in wartime and during conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Remembrance Day is held on 11 November, the date which commemorates the anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War in 1918.
The Australian Embassy in Vienna participated in Remembrance Day services in Vienna and at Commonwealth War Graves in Klagenfurt, southern Austria, and Solymár a short drive to the north of Budapest in Hungary.
For more information about Remembrance Day, please refer to https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance/tradition/
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