ZIF co-organizer of 5th Duty of Care Roundtable with OSCE Secretariat in Vienna

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From October 18 to 19, 2018, the 5th Duty of Care Roundtable took place at the Hofburg in Vienna under the guiding theme Towards Implementation. More than 50 participants from seconding states and international organizations attended the event. It was hosted by the OSCE in cooperation with the working group Duty of Care, consisting of ZIF, the Stabilisation Unit (UK), the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden) and the Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Switzerland). OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger opened the event and declared Duty of Care one of the core reform goals of the OSCE – a point that the OSCE Director for Human Resources, Jean-Claude Villemonteix, also underlined in his address. Eberhard Pohl, the German Ambassador to the OSCE, emphasized the legal and moral obligation to Duty of Care in international peace missions in a joint opening speech with the Ambassadors to the OSCE of Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Keynote Speaker Greg Vines, Deputy Director General for Management and Reform at the International Labour Organization (ILO), stressed the relevance of Duty of Care for employer branding. Representatives from the receiving international organizations UNHCR, EU, NATO, and OSCE discussed practical challenges concerning joint Duty of Care for personnel with their colleagues from OSCE participating states and seconding organizations. The discussions focused on the topics Informed Consent, Leadership, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) as well as Social Protection.