Monday, October 19, 2009

Klosterneuburg and the NRC

The week of September 27th- October 3rd started off with a trip to the Klosterneuberg Monastery with a friend. It's a very interesting 900 year old monastery/palace/church! We took a tour, which was actually very nice because there was only a British couple with us, so it was like paying for a big general tour but getting a private tour!
The altar piece on the left is called the Verdun Altar and is 900 years old and the little box on top holds the bones of St. Leopold. It is is the second largest gold and enamel alter piece in existence, and there are three rows, one from the Old Testament before Moses, one from the Old Testament after Moses and one is the New Testament.

This is a picture of the front of the church.

Picture by: Chtamina

At the start of the week I went to some meetings with the NRC attache Heather. They were really just organizational meetings about the big meetings coming up in December and in 2011, but they were still pretty interesting. I took notes for them and wrote up summaries at the end of each day. The first meeting was the First Extraordinary Meeting and dealt with some changes that had been made to some resolution drafts and the discussion of a hand over meeting for the new officers and when that would take place. The second was called the Fifth Organizational Meeting which basically dealt with the dividing up of the member states into country groups. There was also a time set up for opinions on the review process which went into along drawn out discussion because some countries did not understand what was being said and done for some of the issues discussed. That was September 28th and 29th and on the 30th I finished up my part of the General Plenary cable, which had been to look through every statement in search of what each state had said about Syria and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. (DPRK)

That was about all that happened that week

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