4 April 2017 - 0

Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child

When: 3 April 2017, 15:00 - 4 April 2017, 17:00

Where: Neuer Saal, 2nd floor, Hofburg, Vienna

Organized by: OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference

Given that countless children across the OSCE region are increasingly vulnerable to violence and exploitation, the 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons high level conference will focus on child trafficking and the best interests of the child. Children are hugely at risk of exploitation and being subjected to forced labour, sexual exploitation, early marriage, organ removal, begging and criminal activities such as drug carrying. A response is thus urgently needed, especially given that, as pointed out by the 2016 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, almost one in five trafficking victims within the OSCE region is a child. As such, the aim of this two-day conference is to enhance the coherence of international efforts and develop more integrated, effective and expert recommendations to adequately respond to child trafficking in a manner respectful of human rights. "There is a great urgency to protect this most vulnerable section of society and to act now in their best interests, for regardless of a child's age, status or origin, their trafficking as a lucrative and viable criminal enterprise simply cannot be allowed to continue.",  said OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Madina Jarbussynova.

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31 March 2017 - 0

Security Days: Creating inclusive, safe and sustainable cities: Local approaches to global challenges

When: 30 March 2017 (All day) - 31 March 2017 (All day)

Where: Vienna

Organized by: OSCE and the City of Vienna

Today half the world's population lives in urban areas and the UN predicts that by 2050 this portion will rise to two-thirds. Cities are at the forefront in addressing many of today's transnational security challenges, including terrorism and violent extremism, organized crime, climate change, and mass movements of people.In view of the pace and scale of urbanization, cities should play a more prominent role in security policy discussions. Cities increasingly shape the social, political, economic and environmental conditions in their countries, and municipal authorities often spearhead innovative policies and approaches. The OSCE, as the world's largest regional security organization, can play an important role in facilitating an inclusive dialogue among relevant local, national and international actors and in strengthening the resilience of cities in addressing global security challenges. The aim of this OSCE Security Days event is to help bridge the gap between policymaking on key security-related issues at the national, regional and global levels and the experience of cities in confronting these challenges. It will provide a platform for frank and open dialogue engaging mayors of major cities from the OSCE region and OSCE Mediterranean and Asian Partner countries, representatives of civil society, international and non-governmental organizations with an urban agenda, the business community, academic experts and media, as well as delegations from the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation.


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24 February 2017 - 0

2017 OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting

When: 23 February 2017 (All day) - 24 February 2017 (All day)

Where: Hofburg Congress Centre, Vienna

Organized by: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will hold its 16th Winter Meeting at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna on 23-24 February 2017. Following a meeting of the Assembly's Standing Committee of heads of national delegations on the morning of 23 February, the Winter Meeting will open with a joint session of the three general committees. The opening session is expected to feature speeches by President of the National Council of Austria Doris Bures, OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria), and OSCE PA Special Representative on Gender Issues Hedy Fry (MP, Canada). In the closing joint session on the afternoon of 24 February, parliamentarians will hear addresses by Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurz and OSCE Secretary General Amb. Lamberto Zannier, followed by a question and answer session. The three general committees will meet to hear from government representatives of OSCE participating States and debate issues related to political and security affairs, economics and the environment, and human rights and humanitarian questions. The First Committee will hold a debate on "Transnational security in the OSCE area: confronting terrorism;" the Second Committee will debate "Managing natural resources, addressing water security and combating climate change;" and the Third Committee's debate will focus on "Protecting human rights amid growing populism." Each committee will also hear presentations by committee rapporteurs regarding their ideas and intentions for the reports and draft resolutions to be prepared for the 26th Annual Session in Minsk in July. The Winter Meeting will conclude with a special debate held in a joint session of the three committees on the afternoon of 24 February. The theme for the debate is "Protecting human rights in times of crisis," with dozens of interventions expected to address the importance of upholding fundamental rights during periods of heightened security concerns.

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15 February 2017 - 0

Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure: Strengthening Confidence Building in the OSCE

When: 15 February 2017, 09:00 - 17:30

Where: Hofburg, Vienna

Organized by: Austria's 2017 OSCE Chairmanship

This conference, to be opened by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, will focus on the protection of critical infrastructure, a key concern of national security, by strengthening the implementation of selected OSCE confidence-building measures (CBMs) to reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of information and telecommunication technologies (ICTs). Given the importance of critical infrastructure to national security and the rapid expansion of the cyber space, it has become more and more likely that tensions will arise between States over ICT incidents involving critical infrastructure. Consequently, efforts to enhance cyber stability between States, which can prevent tensions and even conflicts, increasingly focus on effectively protecting critical infrastructure from cyber/ICT security threats. The discussion will take stock of potential ICT-related threats to critical infrastructure and their consequences, explore how public-private partnerships in critical infrastructures can deal with potential ICT-related threats, and debate the compatibility between the maintenance of an open and secure cyber environment and the requirements of civil liberties and privacy in the internet.

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25 January 2017 - 0

OSCE Chairmanship Business Conference 2017

When: 25 January 2017, 09:00 - 18:00

Where: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Rudolf Sallinger Hall, Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1040 Vienna

Organized by: Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, in partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the Enterprise Europe Network Austria (EEN) as well as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on the occasion of Austria's 2017 OSCE Chairmanship.




The conference and B2B Matchmaking Event "OSCE Chairmanship Business Conference 2017" will provide a new perspective on the latest developments in the sectors of green and new environmental technologies as well as Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). Several companies based in OSCE participating States, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) specializing in environmental technologies and in ICTs, will participate in the conference and exchange views with representatives from OSCE participating States.

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24 January 2017 - 0

First Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum

When: 23 January 2017 (All day) - 24 January 2017 (All day)

Where: Vienna

Organized by: 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities

First Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum dedicated to "Greening the economy and building partnerships" will take place in Vienna on 23-24 January 2017. The 25th Economic and Environmental Forum is organised by the 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship in co-operation with the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA). The Economic and Environmental Forum is the main meeting-cycle within the Economic and Environmental Dimension of the OSCE. Its objectives are to identify needs and priorities, to raise awareness and to stimulate the political will of the 57 OSCE participating States in dealing with economic, environmental and security related challenges, to share best practices, as well as to provide a platform for dialogue with representatives of International Organizations, the business and academic communities, and civil society. In 2017, the First Preparatory Meeting will be followed by a Second Preparatory Meeting on 14-16 June 2017. The Concluding Meeting is foreseen in Prague in September 2017.

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