Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Sweden appointed Chair of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021

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Sweden was today appointed Chair of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021. The decision was taken unanimously by the OSCE’s 57 participating States at the organisation’s Ministerial Council in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday.

Sweden was today appointed Chair of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021. The decision was taken unanimously by the OSCE’s 57 participating States at the organisation’s Ministerial Council in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday.

“I am honoured that Sweden has been entrusted to assume the role of Chair of the OSCE in 2021. The OSCE offers a unique platform for dialogue on peace and security in Europe. It is also an organisation that deals with issues that have a direct bearing on security in our region,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde.

The OSCE is a security policy cooperation body with 57 participating States. All European States plus the United States, Canada and central Asian countries participate in the OSCE on equal terms. The OSCE’s activities are based on a broadly defined view of security that includes military arms control, human rights, legal certainty and democracy.

“As Chair, Sweden will continue to work to restore respect for the principles upon which the European security order rests. We will give priority to efforts to strengthen democracy, human rights and gender equality in all relevant forums,” says Ms Linde.

Slovakia, which currently holds the Chairmanship of the OSCE, will hand over the role to Albania on 1 January 2020. Sweden will in turn assume the Chairmanship in 2021.

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