Building a bridge between Vienna and Hamburg
To mark Germany’s Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the OSCE has sponsored a “book” at the Austrian National Library (ÖNB), the location of the Welcoming Reception for the German OSCE Chairmanship on 14 January. Enlarge image Minister Steinmeier and Dr. Rachinger (© Ute Grabowsky / photothek.net) The sponsorship certificate was presented to OSCE Chairperson in Office, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on 14 January during his visit to Vienna by Dr Johanna Rachinger, the General Director of the ÖNB
The item concerned is in fact an engraved illustration of a view of the City of Hamburg from the early 17th century. Since Hamburg will be the venue of the OSCE Ministerial Council on 8 and 9 December, the engraving was an obvious choice. Enlarge image Tinge of Hamburg (© ÖNB/StäV) The view depicted underscores Hamburg’s maritime connections and openness to the world, as stressed by the Minister when Hamburg’s role as host of this year’s Ministerial Council was announced. As Steinmeier said in late November 2015:
“No other city in Germany stands for cosmopolitanism, tolerance and international connectivity in quite the same way as Hamburg. The port of Hamburg is a “gateway to the world”. The spirit of Hanseatic civic engagement has fostered a culture of active participation for centuries. These are values which will also mark the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016. We want to build bridges, strengthen dialogue and do more to include civil society in the OSCE’s discussions and decision-making processes.”
Sponsorship involves making a donation which will be used for conservatory measures. In return, the sponsor is for ever associated with the work. In this way the Permanent Mission has underscored its commitment to culture and its ties with Vienna, the home of the OSCE, and is at the same time helping to preserve Austria’s rich cultural heritage for future generations.