Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia
Address: Mattiellistrasse 2-4, 1040 Vienna; Telephone: +43 1 - 506 740 - Fax: +43 1 - 504 1178


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Internships 2016

The Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna is offering a number of three-month internships spread out during 2016, the first commencing around mid-January. For more details, please read the internship announcement here.

IHRA, Debrecen Hungary 2-5 November 2015

Photo (l-r): Dr Andre Oboler, CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute; Suzanne Hampel, OAM, Monash University; Kevin Playford, Director of the Human Rights and Indigenous Issues Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ambassador David Stuart; Pauline Rockman OAM, Co-President, Jewish Holocaust Centre; Donna-Lee Frieze and Dr Steven Cooke, Deakin University. Copyright: IHRA


Photo: Ambassador David Stuart (right) meets Mr András Heisler (middle), President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (Mazsihisz), and Mr Tamás Ács, President of the Budapest Jewish Community (left). Copyright: Mazsihisz

The Debrecen meeting was the first of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in which Australia participated since becoming an observer of IHRA in June 2015. Our delegation combined five experts, Pauline Rockman OAM (Co-President, Jewish Holocaust Centre), Dr Andre Oboler (CEO, Online Hate Prevention Institute), Suzanne Hampel OAM (Monash University) and Donna-Lee Frieze and Dr Steven Cooke (Deakin University) and two representatives of Government, David Stuart, who is our current Ambassador to Austria and resident representative to the United Nations in Vienna as well as being non-resident Ambassador to Hungary, and Kevin Playford, Director of the Human Rights and Indigenous Issues Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

IHRA was established in 1998 to promote Holocaust education, remembrance and research. It has 31 member countries, ten observer countries and seven Permanent International Partners. Membership is open to all UN Member States who are committed to the implementation of Holocaust initiatives. IHRA‘s objective of strengthening the promotion of education, remembrance and research about the Holocaust is one which Australia shares.

One of our main goals for the Debrecen meeting was to develop a better idea of how IHRA works and what contribution Australia might make. The meeting, under the Chair of Mr Szabolcs Takacs (State Secretary for EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary), was divided into four major working groups, covering Education, Academic, Museums and Memorials, and Communications. Our experts participated in all these groups. In some cases, as observer country representatives, they were restricted to a listening role. In the working groups on Museums and Memorials and Education, we were able to play a broader role, including two of our experts who were asked to join the Steering Committees for future work.
The delegation took part in the IHRA Chair’s meeting with all observers, and was active in the extensive networking that characterised the meeting. Ambassador Stuart and Kevin Playford were also able to sit in on the Delegation Heads meeting that considered Working Group recommendations, and the delegation also observed the plenary meeting that considered progress reports from six partner countries on their efforts to advance the goals of the Alliance.

While it was the first opportunity to observe IHRA in action as a participant, overall impressions were generally positive. The informed, constructive level of discussion and serious input by many delegates on a wide range of current issues were notable; given the IHRA membership, most issues addressed involved the plans and challenges of European governments although the US and Canada also contributed strongly. Many issues, including on managing museums and memorials, education and effective communication about the Holocaust, were relevant to Australia. The strength and diversity of our expert representation in Debrecen augurs well for our capacity to support the ongoing work of the Alliance.

Visit of Australian Embassy to “EDUS-Education for All” in Sarajevo


Ambassador David Stuart visiting EDUS; Photo bottom right: Ambassador David Stuart with Ms Stanislava Majušević, EDUS Head Program Coordinator, and Ms Sanela Lindsay, EDUS General Secretary.
Copyright for photos top and bottom left: Senad Gubelić, “Oslobodjenje”; Photo bottom right: Australian Embassy.

Ambassador David Stuart visited a Sarajevo-based NGO “EDUS-Education for All”, which has been supported by the Australian Government since 2012, through the Direct Aid Program (DAP).

Read full article here.

Gallipoli Exhibition at Museum of Military History


Photo (top): Australian Ambassador David Stuart
Photo (bottom left, from left to right): Director of Military History Museum Dr Christian Ortner, Australian Ambassador David Stuart, New Zealand Ambassador Deborah Geels and Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Hasan Göğüş
Photo (bottom right, from left to right): Brigardier Bill Sowry and Vice-Director of Military History Museum Dr Christoph Hatschek
Copyright for photos top and bottom left: ÖBH/Hartl; Copyright for photo bottom right: Australian Embassy

On 22 September, Australian Ambassador David Stuart, New Zealand Ambassador Deborah Geels and Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Hasan Göğüş opened the joint exhibition “Çanakkale/Gallipoli 1915-2015 - Road from War to Peace” at the Museum of Military History (HGM) in Vienna.

Held on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, the exhibition brings together photographs taken by soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The exhibition is testament to the courage, comradeship and compassion of the ANZAC troops and the respect they developed for their Turkish enemies.

Read Ambassador Stuart’s speech here.


Australia's Statement to the 59th IAEA General Conference

On 16 September 2015, Australia's head of delegation, Ambassador David Stuart, Governor and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivered Australia's statement to the 59th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. Read the statement here.



Australian flora on show at Garten Tulln

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Garten Tulln is presenting an exhibition of Australian flora, drawing from the impressive collection of the Austrian Federal Gardens. The exhibition, which includes including banksias, a wollemi pine, epacris and ferns, underlines the long-standing botanic contacts between Austria and Australia. First Secretary Gaia Puleston helped open the exhibition on 25 August. Read more here 


Australia’s support for "100 Stories of Youth" in Srebrenica

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The Australian Embassy has been pleased to support the project “100 Stories of Youth” (100 priča mladih) in Srebrenica, conducted by Silver Media. The project presented candid video interviews of 100 young people living in Srebrenica and surrounding areas, discussing their everyday life, needs and hopes. This innovative project was an effort to give voice to the post-war generation of Srebrenica, and to spur positive activism among young population via the online platform. Watch the interviews at (in Bosnian). 

20th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide


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Photo top left: Maree Fay (Consul) and Nada Muster (Bilateral Affairs Officer) at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery.
Photo top right: Maree Fay and Nada Muster at the former UN base in Potocari.
Photo bottom: View of a section of the Srebrenica – Potocari Memorial and Cemetery.

The Australian Government was represented at the commemoration on 11 July 2015 marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica by Maree Fay (Consul) and Nada Muster (Bilateral Affairs Officer). The Hon Michael Danby, MP (Federal Member for Melbourne Ports) travelled from Australia for the commemoration. An estimated 70,000 people, including members of close to 90 foreign delegations, and a large number of international and local media representatives attended.

11 July is the single worst massacre in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Srebrenica, a United Nations “safe haven” established after the former Yugoslavia erupted into civil war, was overrun. In the act of genocide perpetrated in Srebrenica, more than 8,000 men and boys were murdered.

Former US President Clinton; one of the speakers at the commemoration, said: “I grieve that it took us so long to unify all of our friends behind using the amount of force that was necessary to stop this violence. And I’m thrilled that the peace has been maintained. … On behalf of my country and from the bottom of my heart – I love this place. I never want to see a killing field like this within thousands of miles of here”. Dutch Foreign Minister, Koenders, said that “we always remember the horrific murder of thousands of innocent men and boys” after the fall of Srebrenica. “The genocide committed here is a dark chapter in our European history. The atrocity that occurred here must never be forgotten”.

Visit to Diamond Aircraft Group

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Austria’s Diamond Aircraft Group has been supplying Australian flight training centres with innovative aircraft for the training of future Australian pilots. Among their customers are Port Macquarie’s Australian International Aviation College (AIAC) and Flight Training Adelaide. Ambassador David Stuart saw the company’s carbon-fibre technology first hand when he recently paid a visit to Diamond Aircraft headquarters in Wiener Neustadt.

Prime Minister's statements on the anniversary of the downing of MH17

Read the Prime Minister's media release on the anniversary of the downing of MH17 here and his address to the MH17 National Memorial Service here.  

Australia on show at Budapest Zoo


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The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden has displayed Australian animals since it opened almost 150 years ago. Deputy Head of Mission David Lewis recently had a chance to visit the zoo together with Zoltan Molnar, curator of the Australia Exhibit, including the newly opened Koala Exhibit, which reflects the warm ties that exist between Australia and Hungary. Read more here  #KoalaDiplomacy

Joint Statement on Budapest Pride Festival 2015

On the occasion of the 20th Budapest Pride Festival, Australia joined 24 other Embassies in Budapest to convey our support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Hungary and their right to express themselves peacefully and lawfully. Read the joint statement here.

New Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy

On 25 June, Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, and Sports Minister, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, launched the “Australian Sports Diplomacy Strategy 2015-18”. Australia has an incredibly successful sporting story to tell – and it is not just about gold medals; sport is about inspiring people, building communities, and helping people to lead better lives. It helps build trust between countries and bring people together. For Minister Bishop’s, Minister Robb’s, and Minister Ley’s media release, please refer here.

Work and holiday arrangements signed with Slovak Republic and Slovenia

Australia recently signed reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangements with Slovakia and Slovenia. Under the arrangements, young Australians will be able to explore and work in Slovakia and Slovenia, and young Slovaks and Slovenians will be able to do the same in Australia. The arrangements were signed during Ministerial visits to Australia. For more information, see here on the arrangement with Slovakia, and here on the arrangement with Slovenia.

Interview with Australian football player James Holland

After three and a half years, Australian football player James Holland (pictured above, right, with Australian Ambassador David Stuart) bids farewell to FK Austria Wien. Read the interview the Embassy team conducted with the 26-year old midfielder here

Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

Image (l-r): Vladimir Belogolovsky, Curator; Penelope Seidler, Harry Seidler & Associates; Angelika Winkler, City of Vienna; David Lewis, Charge d'Affaires. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

The Australian Embassy was pleased to welcome Penelope Seidler back to Vienna on 13 May for the opening of an exhibition marking the work of Harry Seidler. Harry Seidler, the internationally acclaimed Australian architect born in Vienna, was one of Australia’s most prominent architects of the 20th century. The “Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture” travelling exhibition examines his distinctive place and hand within, and beyond, modernist design methodology.

Read comments by Charge d’Affaires, David Lewis, at the opening of the exhibition here. The exhibition runs until 3 July at the Wiener Planungswerkstatt (Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 9, 1082 Vienna).

Anita Heiss, author of Aboriginal literature, visits Vienna

The Australian Embassy was pleased to welcome Dr Anita Heiss, a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature, back to Vienna this May. On 6 May, she read from her memoir “Am I Black Enough” at the “Aboriginal Art” exhibition being shown in the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg. One day later, she held a lecture on “Aboriginal Literature for Children and Young Adults“ at a seminar at the University of Vienna. In her work Anita Heiss focusses on questions of identity and cultural heritage. Anita Heiss also has Austrian heritage.

Australia's statement to the NPT Review Conference

Australia is a firm and consistent supporter of the Treaty on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which is the cornerstone of multilateral disarmament and non-proliferation and has enabled the international community to benefit from the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. On 28 April, H.E. Gillian Bird, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations in New York, delivered Australia's statement to the NPT Review Conference. Read the full statement here.

2016 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens around the world to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. Applications for the 2016 round are now open. See here for further information.

2015 Anzac Centenary Dawn Service

On 25 April, approximately 300 people joined the dawn service held by the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in front of Karlskirche to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. Wreaths were laid by the Australian and New Zealand Embassies and representatives of the UK, Canada, France, Turkey and the United States.

Senator Nash addresses 58th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna 

On 9 March, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, delivered Australia's statement at the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Senator Nash said Australia’s policy focus for CND58 would be on health and law enforcement collaboration, medical access to internationally controlled medicines; and building on the previous work of the Commission on new psychoactive substances to incorporate broader trends in synthetic drugs, including methamphetamines such as ice.

For Senator Nash’s intervention on addressing emerging issues including new psychoactive substances, precursors and the misuse of the internet on 10 March, please refer here.

For Senator Nash’s intervention on ensuring the availability of controlled substances for medical and scientific purposes, while preventing their diversion on 10 March, please refer here.

Image: Senator the Hon Fiona Nash at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, with Ambassador David Stuart (right) and Mr Nathan Smyth, First Assistant Secretary, Population Health Division, Department of Health (left).

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, March 2015

To read Australia's statements on nuclear safety, nuclear technology, Iran, Syria, the DPRK, and the conclusion of new safeguards agreements, delivered at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting (2-5 March) see here.

Aboriginal Art Exhibition Opening

On 29 January, Ambassador David Stuart and Karlheinz Essl co-hosted the opening of the "Aboriginal Art" exhibition at the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg. The Essl Museum holds one of the most important collections of Australian Aboriginal art in Europe. The exhibition presents about eighty works of some of Australia’s most renowned Indigenous artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Rover Julama Thomas, Clifford Possum Tjaplatljarri, Kathleen Petyarre, Paddy Bedford, Michael Nelson Jagamarra, Richard Bell and Destiny Deacon. The event was attended by approx. 500 people, including senior representatives from government, the diplomatic corps, business, culture and academia. The exhibition will be on display until mid-August. For further information, please refer here

Image above (l-r): Agnes and Karlheinz Essl, Ambassador David Stuart, and Ms Anne Marie Ribas, Spouse of Ambassador Stuart.

Australia’s statement to the OSCE Ministerial Council

On 5 December, Ambassador David Stuart delivered Australia's statement to the 21st Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Basel, Switzerland. Ambassador Stuart underlined Australia’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and thanked the OSCE for its efforts in facilitating access to the MH17 crash site. Ambassador Stuart encouraged the OSCE and its participating States to continue to give priority to improving gender equality and security of women and girls, and welcomed ongoing cooperation on addressing the threat of foreign terrorist fighters. Read the full statement here.

Alumni network gathering in Bratislava – 4 December 2014

Ms Gaia Puleston, First Secretary, hosted the very first Alumni networking event in Slovakia on 4 December 2014. The event provided an opportunity to meet and chat in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition to sharing many fond memories of Australia, the event also generated interesting initiatives for future events involving alumni.

Image above (l-r): Mr Petr Vodvarka, Austrade; Ms Gaia Puleston, Australian Embassy; and Mrs Anna Turenicova, Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

Image above (l-r): Australian alumni: Ms Lucia Ziskova; Ms Silvia Panakova, Zuzana Polackova and Marcela Prihelova. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – 25 November 2014

25 November marks the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Australia’s Prime Minister is leading by example as a White Ribbon Ambassador. At the highest level of the Australian Government, Prime Minister Abbott has made clear that Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women. Australia recently introduced the second phase of the Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, which unites the Australian community to make a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children and to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children.

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day, hear from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, about what Australia is doing to end violence against women around the world:

G20 Leaders' Summit

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The G20 Leaders' Summit was held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014. As chair of the G20, Australia hosted leaders of the world's major economies to discuss global economic challenges. Australia focused on practical outcomes that will promote economic growth, create jobs and build the resilience of the global economy.

The official 2014 G20 website
Australia's G20 outreach
G20 Leaders' Communiqué

Remembrance Day Service, Klagenfurt – 11 November 2014

Each year the British Embassy in Vienna arranges a Remembrance Day service at the Klagenfurt War Cemetery. The Klagenfurt cemetery, the only Commonwealth war cemetery in Austria, was begun in June 1945 by the British occupying forces, who moved graves into it from all over the country. It now contains 589 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. 30 Australian servicemen are buried there. The Ambassadors from Australia, Namibia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Malaysia attended the service, as well as the local Provincial Commandant and the Head of Police of Carinthia.

Image above (l-r): HE Ms Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque, Ambassador of the United Kingdom; Brigadier Walter Gitschthaler, Military Commandant Carinthia; Mr David Stuart, Australian Ambassador. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

Visit to the Lagerstadt Exhibition at the “Museum im Lavanthaus”, Wolfsberg, Carinthia

The Ambassadors from Australia, UK and NZ were welcomed by Mr Igor Pucker, Director of the “Museum im Lavanthaus” at an exhibition commemorating the more than 10,000 prisoners of war (POWs) at Wolfsberg, Carinthia. The Ambassadors from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom were joined by the Mayor of Wolfsberg, Mr Hans Peter Schlagholz, and the Deputy Governor of Carinthia, Ms Gabrielle Schaunig-Kandut.

The exhibition was open for almost two years, and had closed a few days prior to the Ambassadors’ visit. Director Pucker was very touched that the Ambassadors had taken an interest in coming to see the exhibit before it was taken down, and organised a guided tour and made sure the exhibition was still open for the Ambassadors to see.

Director Pucker said that a part of the exhibit will become a permanent memorial to the camp. Some 10,000 prisoners (Commonwealth, French and Soviet) came through the camp. Many were stationed outside to work on farms, in mines or building dams. There were about 800 Australians in the camp, and some who died are buried in Klagenfurt. The camp barracks were still being used in the 1950’s as council housing – “Gemeindebau” – and the current mayor had been born there.

Image above (l-r): Mr Igor Pucker, Director of Museum im Lavanthaus; Mr David Stuart, Australian Ambassador; Ms Gabrielle Schaunig-Kandut, Deputy Governor of Carinthia; Mr Hans Peter Schlagholz, Mayor of Wolfsberg; Ms Deborah Geels, New Zealand Ambassador; Ms Susan le Jeune d’ Allegeershecque, UK Ambassador. Copyright: Büro Schaunig

Remembrance Day – 11 November 2014

Each year on 11 November, Australia and many other countries commemorate Remembrance Day in recognition of the servicemen and women who gave their lives or suffered while serving in wars, conflicts and peace operations. This year, 11 November marks the 96th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-18). Hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – as such, one minute’s silence is observed at 11am in many parts of the world.

The Remembrance Day poster this year (shown above) illustrates the convoy that sailed from Albany, Western Australia on 1 November 1914, carrying 30,000 service personnel for service in World War 1. These troops would become the first ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

Visit to lithium mine in Wolfsberg, Carinthia - 10 November 2014

Dr Jürgen Roth, Technical Director of Kärntner Montanindustrie GmbH, received Ambassador Stuart and his spouse at their offices at Schloss Wolfsberg. The company has been bought out by Australian investors who are keen to develop the lithium ore in an existing mine in the Koralpe. The existing mine was closed in 1985 but with excavations and tunnelling planned for the next two years, the lithium ore will be mined as of 2017.

Image above (l-r): Dr Jürgen Roth, Technical Director of Kärntner Montanindustrie GmbH; Mr David Stuart, Australian Ambassador; Ms Isabella Rosenzopf, Kärntner Montanindustrie. Copyright: Australian Embassy.

Remembrance Day ceremony in Hungary

Copyright: UK Embassy, Budapest.

Each year, the UK Embassy in Budapest organises a Remembrance Day service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Solymar. The Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy, Mr David Lewis, attended the ceremony on 9 November. The Minister for Defence, Mr Csaba Hende, participated in the service, which was hosted by the UK Ambassador, HE Mr Jonathan Knott, and attended by the Ambassadors of Belgium, Canada, Poland and South Africa, and representatives of Pakistan and New Zealand.

Australia supports efforts to combat violence against women in Kosovo

Australia is firmly committed to helping to end violence against women. On 6 November 2014, David Lewis, Deputy Head of Mission, and Ms Eugenie Hwang, Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy, visited the Women Wellness Centre (WWC) Safe House in Peć/Pejë in Kosovo to see the work they are doing with Australian support. Read more here

Image above: Mr David Lewis and Ms Eugenie Hwang met with Ms Ardita Ramizi Bala, Director of the WWC Safe House, and Ms Xhenet Syka, Chair of the WWC's Board of Directors, as well as WWC staff members on 6 November. Photo courtesy of WWC.

Australian Parliamentary Delegation visits Vienna

An Australian Parliamentary Delegation to European Parliaments and Institutions visited Vienna on 10 October 2014, led by the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. The Delegation held constructive discussions with Austrian Members of Parliament, and senior representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.

Caption: Image above (l-r): Australian Ambassador David Stuart; Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives; Mr Tony Zappia MP, Member for Makin; Ms Nola Marino MP, Member for Forrest; and Senator Glenn Sterle, Senator for Western Australia. Copyright: Dean Calma/IAEA

Caption: Image above (l-r): Dr Reinhold Lopatka, Chair, Parliamentary Group of the People’s Party; Mr Andreas Schieder, Chair, Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party; Ms Jessi Lintl, Member of the Austrian National Council and members of the Australian Parliamentary Delegation. Copyright: Parlamentsdirektion/BKA/Hans Hofer

Australia committed to addressing transnational crime

Strong international partnerships are now more fundamental to combatting organised crime than ever before. On 7 October, Australia's head of delegation, David Lewis, acting Head of Mission, Australian Permanent Mission to the UNODC, delivered Australia's national statement to the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Read the statement here.

Australia promotes entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) remains a core element of the international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime. On 26 September, the Friends of the CTBT (Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands) convened a Ministerial meeting in New York to promote entry into force of the CTBT. Read the Joint Ministerial Statement and Australia’s statement to the meeting here.

Australia promotes responsible uranium mining

Australia has continued to promote world’s best practice in uranium mining by co-hosting the seventh annual “Friends of Responsible Uranium Mining” (FoRUM) side event to this year’s IAEA General Conference. First held in 2008, the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna joins with the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy each year to host a series of presentations and a panel discussion from leading experts on issues and challenges faced by the uranium mining.

The theme for this year’s event was “Keeping Promises through the Highs and Lows” and focused on how to maintain high levels of safety, environmental protection and regulatory oversight during times of economic challenge. The event also presented for the first time the results of the 2014 version of the joint IAEA-OCED assessment on global supply and demand for uranium. More information can be found at the IAEA.

Australia's Statement to the 58th IAEA General Conference

On 22 September 2014, Australia's head of delegation, Ambassador David Stuart, Governor and Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivered Australia's statement to the 58th Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. Read the statement here.

Australia and Austria celebrate Ferdinand Bauer: Display of drawings of Australian flora and fauna by one of the great botanical artists

Image above (l-r): Prof Dr Christian Köberl, Director General of the Natural History Museum Vienna; Prof Christa Riedl-Dorn, Head of Archives for the History of Sciences, Natural History Museum Vienna; Ambassador David Stuart. Copyright: NHM/Kracher

Ambassador David Stuart (left) and Dr Reinhold Lopatka (centre), Party Whip of coalition government partner OVP (right-of-centre People’s Party) and President of the Austrian-Australian Society, visit the Ferdinand Bauer exhibition together with exhibition curator Prof Christa Riedl-Dorn and Dr Alice Irvin, Foreign Policy Adviser to Dr Lopatka (far right). Copyright: NHM/Kracher.

Image above: “Koalas Phascolartos cinereus”, a pencil drawing by Ferdinand Bauer dated 1803 and held at the Natural History Museum Vienna. Copyright: NHM/Kracher

On 26 August, the Australian Ambassador in Vienna, David Stuart, co-hosted, with the Director General of the Natural History Museum Vienna (NHM), Professor Christian Köberl, the launch of an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the return to Austria of Ferdinand Bauer. Bauer (1760-1826) is best known as the natural history artist who accompanied Captain Mathew Flinders on the fir

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