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12th International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces

Vienna, Austria
27-29 October 2020

12th ICOAF

International Missions : Contributing to Security and Development
27-29 October 2020
Vienna

During the past decades, military intervention abroad and peacekeeping missions have significantly increased. Facing this trend, ombuds institutions need to reflect on their practices and adapt their work in order to guarantee the protection of the rights of their soldiers abroad. The question of an international cooperation among and between ombuds institutions legitimately arises. This year’s conference will examine ways in which ombuds institutions can face the challenges which are posed to the conduct of their work by the sending of national contingents abroad. A session will also be dedicated to discuss the ways to promote and optimize international cooperation in the context of multilateral and international missions.

 

About ICOAF

What is ICOAF?

The aim of the International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces (ICOAF) is to establish best practice and lessons learned related to the mandate, powers and functioning of ombuds institutions with a mandate to oversee the armed forces. ICOAF gathers representatives of ombuds institutions for the armed forces from around the world. To date, representatives of ombuds institutions of over 80 countries have participated in the ICOAF initiative, which has been ongoing since 2009. 

 
Countries
Represented

80+

Conference session topics

4

100+

Participants
 

Co-Hosts

Republik Österreich Parlamentarische Bundesheerkommission

 
 

Documents and Information

ENGLISH

FRANÇAIS

12th ICOAF

Programme

TUESDAY 27th OCTOBER 2020

WELCOME DINNER

WEDNESDAY 28th OCTOBER 2020

CONFERENCE OPENING 

Representative of Austria

Ambassador Thomas GUERBER, Director, DCAF

Reinhard BÖSCH, Parliamentary Commissioner of Austria

 
SESSION 1 : CONDUCTING VISITS TO INTERNATIONAL MISSION
SESSION 2 : SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT 
SESSION 3 : INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION IN INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS 
THURSDAY 29th OCTOBER 2020
SESSION 4 : PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF SOLDIER IN INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS
 

Sponsors

German Federal Foreign Office

Office of the Norwegian Parliamentary Ombudsman for the armed forces

Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

 

Past ICOAFs

1ICOAF - Berlin, Germany
3ICOAF - Belgrade, Serbia
5ICOAF - Oslo, Norway
7ICOAF - Prague, Czech Republic
7ICOAF - Prague, Czech Republic
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9ICOAF - London, United Kingdom 
9ICOAF - London, United Kingdom 
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2ICOAF - Vienna, Austria
4ICOAF - Ottawa, Canada
6ICOAF - Geneva, Switzerland
8ICOAF - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10ICOAF - Pretoria, South Africa 
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11ICOAF - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Michaelerkuppel,

1010 Wien,

Austria

27-29 October 2020

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