A major participant in global affairs

Malta’s Chairpersonship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will be formally inaugurated in Vienna today.

A major turning point in Malta’s diplomatic history has been reached with the unanimous vote to its ascension as Chairperson-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from 1st January 2024. Malta’s Chairpersonship will be formally inaugurated in Vienna during the OSCE Permanent Council today, by Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, Ian Borg.

The OSCE is widely acclaimed for its multifaced approach to promoting security that integrates the political and military dimensions, economic and environmental concerns, and human aspects. It serves as a vital platform for cooperation and conflict resolution across the EU-Atlantic, EU-Asian, Mediterranean, and Asian regions. The Chairpersonship grants Malta a unique and influential platform to address complex security challenges faced nowadays. Malta considers the Chairpersonship to be a great honour, but this privilege also comes with substantial responsibility. In directing the organisation’s activities and building on the achievements of previous chairpersonships. It will be instrumental in strengthening peace and stability in the region by seeking resolution to the existing conflicts. A central focus will be on fostering meaningful dialogue, and the chance for peace and security will be a priority in the OSCE area.

As Chair, Malta’s leadership will be crucial in shaping the organisation’s polices and strategies, protecting the core values and commitments articulated in the Helsinki Final Act and the Charter of Paris. The priorities of Malta’s Chairpersonship will revolve around several critical objectives.  Addressing the ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine will be at the forefront, as Malta endeavours to mediate and seek for practical solutions to conflicts.

Another primary task of the Maltese chairpersonship will be to address the OSCE’s outstanding decisions relating to its budget and leadership. Moreover, Malta will advocate human rights and the strengthening of international ties while simultaneously providing a platform for the perspective of gender and youth, thus augmenting the involvement of women and youth in building of peace and security. This will be reflected throughout its initiatives across the three dimensions of the OSCE’s comprehensive approach to security.

As a result, Malta is demonstrating its growing significance in international diplomacy, presenting itself as a major participant in international affairs, and contributing to regional and global security through the Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE.

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