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United Nations, New York, 28 April 2011

Official visit to Austria by President Deiss

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly, concluded today a two-day official visit to Austria. President Deiss met with H.E. Mr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, and H.E. Mr. Michael Spindelegger, Vice-Chancellor and Minister for European and International Affairs, as well as with Ms. Barbara Prammer, President of the National Council of Austria (Lower House of the Austrian Parliament) and the spokespersons of the parties represented in the Austrian Parliament.

Topics discussed included United Nations reform in general and Security Council reform in particular, the situation in Libya and Syria, the concept of Responsibility to Protect, the priorities of the President for the sixty-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Austria's candidature for the Human Rights Council, disarmament as well as cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

President Deiss thanked the Austrian authorities for their country's strong support to the United Nations in general and to the General Assembly in particular, highlighting for instance Austria's contribution to the recent informal thematic debate of the Assembly on the rule of law.

President Deiss also visited the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). He met with the Director-General of UNOV and Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yuri Fedotov, with whom he discussed the various activities of UNODC, including those related to the rule of law. With the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, the President discussed green economy and UNIDO's activities in that area. He also met with senior officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

President Deiss also delivered a speech on global governance at the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria.