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Austria ups its aid to East Africa and provides Uganda with a further 2 million euros
Vienna, 20 November 2012 – "Austria responds to the humanitarian crisis in Uganda and South Sudan by making 1.45 million euros available", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger explained after the meeting of the Ministerial Council on 20 November. "Our contribution is intended to provide help in critical situations that are not in the limelight of the media but still require our political attention and humanitarian commitment."
State Secretary Hans Winkler in Uganda
Kampala, 5 June 2008 - "Uganda is a priority country as regards Austria's development policy. From the very beginning it has been our goal to develop and implement solutions to existing problems through active exchange with local business, academia and civil society.
Adoption of child protection guidelines for civil and military EU missions
Vienna, 7 June 2006 - "In many conflicts all over the world, children are victims of brutal violence. They are kidnapped and forced to take part in fighting and acts of violence. They themselves are victims of murder, rape and mutilation. The situation with regard to girls is particularly precarious", said Foreign Minister Plassnik.
The protection of children in armed conflicts is a particular concern of Austrian foreign policy.
Vienna, 11 March 2003 - In her capacity as the President of the "Human Security Network", the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, has for the first time activated the "alert function" of the network for children in armed conflicts which was developed by Austria. This way the Minister seeks to draw public attention world-wide to the fate of children who have been kidnapped by the 'Lord's Resistance Army', a rebel army in Northern Uganda, and are now being used as child soldiers or abused as sex slaves.