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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International Organisations in Vienna


Anzac Centenary 2015 - Commemorative Service

The Embassy of Australia and the Embassy of New Zealand invite your attendance at a Dawn Service to mark the Anzac Centenary in front of Karlskirche, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna, on Saturday 25 April 2015. Please arrive by 5:30 am for ceremony to commence at 5:45 am.

Breakfast will be served at the Harry Seidler Room, Australian and New Zealand Embassies, Mattiellistrasse 2, 1040 Vienna, at the conclusion of the commemoration.

For catering purposes please register with Ms Lisa Kirchebner at: 

by Wednesday 22 April 2015.

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).


New South Wales State Election to be held on 28 March 2015

Information on how to vote while overseas can be obtained via the website at

If you are a NSW elector and outside NSW on Election Day, 28 March 2015, you may register online for a Postal Vote or iVote®, or by telephone on +61 2 9290 5287 (outside Australia). The Embassy in Vienna will not be providing voting services.

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


Copyright: G20 Australia

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 first circumnavigation of Australia from 1801-03. Read the full story here. The exhibition “Ferdinand Bauer – the First Austrian Artist in Australia” was the first to show so many of Bauer’s drawings held at the NHM together at one time.

Combating transnational crime in the Pacific

On 6 August 2014, Senator the Hon Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, participated in a high level panel discussion on combating transnational crime in the Pacific. The event, hosted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), focused on how Australia can work in partnership with its Pacific neighbours to tackle challenges such as illegal fishing, wildlife trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking and corruption. Read more here


National Day of Mourning and National Memorial Service

The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. On this day, flags on all Government buildings, in Australia and overseas, will be flown at half-mast. Read more in the Prime Minister's press release.


Visit to the International Summer School

On 29 July, Ambassador David Stuart gave a presentation at the University of Vienna’s International Summer School at Strobl in the Salzkammergut. He spoke about his own diplomatic experience and the work of the Australian Embassy in Vienna. Ambassador Stuart also met five Australian students from the University of Queensland participating in the Summer School as part of an academic collaboration between the University of Queensland and the University of Vienna.

Image above (l-r): Prof. Dr. Franz-Stefan Meissel, Director of the Summer School of the University of Vienna and Australian Ambassador David Stuart.

Image above (l-r): Prof. Dr. Franz-Stefan Meissel, Director of the Summer School of the University of Vienna; Australian Ambassador David Stuart; Australian students Tobias Gregg, Kayne Bennett, Matthew Wise, Jenny Wang (not visible), Sarah Minty; and Prof Dr Andreas Schloenhardt, University of Vienna and University of Queensland.



Australia makes statement on MH17 in the OSCE Permanent Council

On 18 July, the Australian Chargé d’Affaires, Mr David Lewis, delivered a statement at a special meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. At the meeting, Australia also associated itself with the Permanent Council’s Declaration on the tragic crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine. 

Australian Musical Talent Successful at Summa Cum Laude Festival 2014

The Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna in early July provided an opportunity to showcase young Australian musical talent. The BelCanto choir of Firbank Grammar School under conductor Philippa Jones won 1st place in the category of “Treble Choir”, and the Huntingtower String Orchestra under Lynley Bramble 1st place in the category of “String Orchestra”, both with outstanding success. Australia was represented with eight music groups at the festival with a total of more than 1,300 participants from 16 nations. Further information about the Festival is available here.





Australia supports the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative and the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in the OSCE

On 19 June, the Australian Embassy delivered a statement in the OSCE Permanent Council in support of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) and the recently concluded Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict which was held on 10-13 June in London. Natasha Stott Despoja, AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, led Australia’s delegation to the Global Summit, where she was joined by the Chief of the Australian Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO.

Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, is an official champion of the UK’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, and recently announced  funding of programs in Afghanistan, Timor Leste, Liberia and Uganda to help end violence again women and to support their participation in peacebuilding. The Foreign Minister’s media release in the lead-up to the Global Summit can be viewed here.

Dr Anita Heiss in Vienna

On 4 June, the Australian Embassy hosted a talk by Dr Anita Heiss, one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature, at the Café Prückel in Vienna. Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, and held a lecture on “Same but Different – How can we be the same when we have different cultural heritages and identities?” On 5 June, Dr Heiss gave the keynote Stephen Wurm lecture at a half-day seminar on “Languages, Literatures and the Australia-Europe Connection”. Read the full story about Dr Heiss's visit to Austria here. Image above (l-r): Anita Heiss, Elisabeth Jaquemar and Gaia Puleston (Australian Embassy), Australian Ambassador David Stuart.

Please click here to read an interview with Dr Anita Heiss. 


2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships round is now open

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships programme. It aims to promote knowledge, strengthen education and research links and build enduring ties between Australia and the world. Applications for the 2015 round of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships will close at 11.59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on 30 June 2014. Information for applicants can be found at  


2014 Anzac Day Dawn Service

On 25 April, the Australian and the New Zealand Embassies held a dawn service in the Karlsplatz square. Wreaths were laid by representatives of the UK, Canada, France, Turkey and the United States, as well as Hungarian attendees. Approximately 120 guests attended, including Australian Rotary exchange students, and a group of about 20 Hungarians of the Békés-Australian Community group in Hungary.

New opening for Australian uranium sales to UAE

15 April 2014

The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP published a media release on 15 April, saying that the entry into force of a Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia opens up new uranium sales opportunities for Australia. Read more here.

Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Meeting in Hiroshima

13 April 2014

At a meeting of the NPDI in Hiroshima, Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, issued a statement expressing Australia’s commitment to this initiative to bring about the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons. Read more here.

Conference on Disarmament in Geneva

28 March 2014

At the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on 28 March 2014, Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, called upon the international community to work methodically to attain the necessary confidence and transparency to bring about nuclear disarmament; to redouble efforts to bring the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force; and negotiate a Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty to prohibit further production of fissile material.

Foreign Minister conducts humanitarian and security talks in Geneva

28 March 2014

Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, held useful discussions on a range of humanitarian and security issues during her visit to Geneva on 28 March 2014. Read more here


Nuclear Security Summit combating nuclear terrorism

25 March 2014

At the Nuclear Security Summit  in The Hague on 25 March 2014, Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, reminded the international community that although a nuclear terrorist attack, might be unlikely, improbable, or unthinkable, we cannot allow a failure of imagination to ignore the possibility of such a catastrophic ‘black swan’ event.  


Helping secure the Indo-Pacific against nuclear terrorism

26 March 2014

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, announced at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague that Australia will contribute A$1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Nuclear Security Fund (NSF). Read more here.

Nuclear Security Summit combating nuclear terrorism

24 March 2014

Australia has a strong history as a global leader on nuclear security. The Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, which will focus on the danger of terrorists acquiring nuclear material or sabotaging nuclear facilities.

Joint Statement on the Contributions of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) to Enhancing Nuclear Security

20 March 2014

The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) has made valuable contributions in strengthening global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism. To date, the 85 partner nations have completed more than 60 activities under the auspices of the GICNT aimed at building partners’ capability to prevent, detect, deter, and respond to acts of nuclear terrorism. Read more here

Australia co-hosts CND side event on increasing access to controlled drugs for medical purposes

Australia places a high priority on promoting appropriate access to controlled substances for medical purposes. On 20 March, Australia was pleased to co-host a side-event on this issue with the UNODC, World Health Organisation and the Union for International Cancer Council at the 57th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. For further information, please refer here.


OSCE launches new guidebook on community policing in preventing of terrorism

On 17 March 2014, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) launched, with support from Australia, a new guidebook on the role of community policing in preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. For further information, please refer here.

Australia's Statement to the High Level Review at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs

On 14 March, Australia's head of delegation, Mr Nathan Smyth of the Department of Health, delivered a statement to the High Level Review at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The intervention describes Australia's strategy to address drug abuse as a public health and social issue while upholding the law and its enforcement, highlights the challenge of new psychoactive substances and calls for international action to urgently address the barriers to access and availability of controlled drugs for medical purposes, in particular pain relief and palliative care.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, Mr Milos Koterec, received the Ambassador of Australia David Stuart


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The State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Milos Koterec received the Ambassador of Australia David Stuart on 11 March 2014. The main topic of the meeting was the current situation in Ukraine.

Koterec said: "The Slovak Republic is actively interested in the development of the situation in Ukraine. Diplomatic negotiations are the only way to defuse the crisis".

Ambassador of Australia expressed concern about the current situation in Ukraine. "The situation in Ukraine is really worrying. Perusing interests through serious military force recalls a paradigm which should have remained in past centuries", said David Stuart.

Currently, the Slovak Republic has two observers from the Armed Forces within the OSCE observer mission in Ukraine.

In the past, the Slovak Republic and Australia cooperated in the military operation ISAF in Afghanistan, where troops from both countries jointly served at the base of Tarin Kowt from 2008 to 2012. The cooperation was positively evaluated by soldiers, and therefore according to the State Secretary our relationships will continue to develop and intensify. " For us, Afghanistan is the most important mission, and it will be important to discuss its continuation with our partners in NATO", said the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence .

Currently, the Slovak Republic has 291 soldiers in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

(Source: Website of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, 11 March 2014)


Australian statements to the IAEA Board of Governors, 3-7 March 2014 


International Women's Day

On 3 March 2014, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, issued a joint media release on the occasion of International Women's Day 2014.

The Australian Government gives priority to gender equality and women's empowerment in our foreign policy and in our overseas aid program. For a booklet on how Australia is supporting women's economic empowerment in the Indo-Pacific region, please refer here.


The Humanitarian Consequences Of Nuclear Weapons

In an op-ed article on 14 February, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, reiterated Australia’s commitment to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and underlined the need for taking sustained, practical steps towards effective disarmament.


Australia first in world for nuclear security

In a media release on 10 January 2014, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, welcomed Australia’s top ranking in a global review of nuclear security. 


Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) Grants Program: Round 8 - Expressions of Interest 

The AICC Grants Program provides funding for international arts and cultural projects that promote Australia as a sophisticated, multicultural and creative nation and that strengthen people-to-people linkages. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. For information on how to apply, please refer here 

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