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20 June 2017 - 0

2017 OSCE Asian Conference

When: 19 May 2017 (All day) - 20 June 2017 (All day)
Where: Berlin, Germany

Since 2000, the OSCE holds annual conferences with its Asian Partners for Co-operation (Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Thailand). This year, Germany as holder of the Chairmanship of the Contact Group with the Asian Partners for Co-operation, will be co-hosting the OSCE Asian Conference in Berlin, Germany, on 19 and 20 June 2017. The first session of the 2017 OSCE Asian Conference dedicated to confidence-building in times of geopolitical changes, is envisaged to be held as a high-level political segment.

 

The other sessions are dedicated to the topics of:

- Connectivity and regional economic co-operation;
- Regional contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals – the potential role of the OSCE and Asian Partners.

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16 June 2017 - 0

2nd Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum

When: 14 June 2017 (All day) - 16 June 2017 (All day)
Where: Astana, Kazakhstan
Organized by: 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities

The Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum dedicated to "Green Economy as catalyst for sustainable development, security and stability" will take place in Astana on 14-16 June 2017 and will focus on the following:

 

- Enhancing Resource Efficiency and Greening the Economy;
- Contributing to Energy Security through Renewable Energy;
- Reducing Environmental Risks and Strengthening Good Environmental Governance.

 

The 25th Economic and Environmental Forum is organized by the 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship in co-operation with the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA). The Economic and Environmental Forum is the main meeting-cycle within the Economic and Environmental Dimension of the OSCE. Its objectives are to identify needs and priorities, to raise awareness and to stimulate the political will of the 57 OSCE participating States in dealing with economic, environmental and security related challenges, to share best practices, as well as to provide a platform for dialogue with representatives of International Organizations, the business and academic communities, and civil society.

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13 June 2017 - 0

2nd OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference

When: 12 June 2017 (All day) - 13 June 2017 (All day)
Where: Vienna, Hofburg, Neuer Saal
Organized by: Austrian OSCE Chairmanship, OSCE Secretariat and ODIHR

The Gender Equality Review Conference is designed to serve as a platform where representatives of the OSCE participating States, executive structures, civil society organizations and academia can identify progress achieved in the implementation of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality. Sharing good practices, discussing challenges and gaps, as well as action required to promote gender equality in the short- and medium-term are all part of the debate. The conference will be opened by a high-level panel session and followed by thematic working sessions on each of the three security dimensions as well as on institutional mechanisms and on emerging issues. The conference will provide an important opportunity to review the implementation of the OSCE gender equality-related commitments and to identify recommendations. As the largest regional security organization in the world, the OSCE has an important role to play in addressing the issue of a comprehensive approach to human rights and security of women and men, girls and boys. Although there has been progress globally and in the OSCE region on advancing towards gender equality, it has been slow and uneven. It is important to build momentum, strengthen political commitments and ensure that these are translated into concrete action at the national level. The 2004 Ministerial Council Decision for an OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality (MC.DEC/14/04) is the key OSCE document on gender equality. Since then, several Ministerial Council decisions on gender issues have been adopted, including on women in conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation (MC.DEC/14/05); on preventing and combating violence against women (MC.DEC/15/05 and MC.DEC/7/14); on women's participation in political and public life (MC.DEC/7/09); and on promoting equal opportunity for women in the economic sphere (MC/DEC/10/11). In addition, several key Ministerial Council Decisions include a reference to the importance of gender mainstreaming and the inclusion of women in laws and policies.

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19 May 2017 - 0

Security Days: Countering fragmentation and polarization: Re-creating a climate for stability in Europe

When: 18 May 2017 (All day) - 19 May 2017 (All day)
Where: Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Organized by: OSCE, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

 

The global as well as European security environment is marked by growing divisions and uncertainty unprecedented for decades. The norms and principles underpinning the international order are challenged. There are signs that the open global economic system might be unravelling and protectionism may return. Multilateralism seems to be in retreat, with its key institutions being questioned and at risk of being weakened. A result could be a more fragmented and polarized multipolar world. Against this backdrop, Europe and the world are facing security challenges of increasing complexity and interconnectedness that cannot be solved without mutual co-operation and joint action.

 

This OSCE Security Days event aims to contribute to a dialogue on how to create a stable and resilient security environment in Europe at a time of growing global uncertainty and unpredictability. It will allow for a discussion of key challenges and trends in the development of the security environment in the OSCE area and their implications for regional security and stability. The event is expected to generate concrete ideas and recommendations for countering increasing fragmentation and polarization of the security environment in Europe, returning to constructive dialogue and pragmatic co-operation, and strengthening trust and confidence among the OSCE participating States. It will complement ongoing discussions within the OSCE and its outcomes will feed into these processes, including the Informal working group on structured dialogue on the current and future challenges and risks to security in the OSCE area.

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4 April 2017 - 0

Trafficking in Children and the Best Interests of the Child

When: 3 April 2017, 15:00 - 4 April 2017, 17:00

Where: Neuer Saal, 2nd floor, Hofburg, Vienna

Organized by: OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference

Given that countless children across the OSCE region are increasingly vulnerable to violence and exploitation, the 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons high level conference will focus on child trafficking and the best interests of the child. Children are hugely at risk of exploitation and being subjected to forced labour, sexual exploitation, early marriage, organ removal, begging and criminal activities such as drug carrying. A response is thus urgently needed, especially given that, as pointed out by the 2016 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, almost one in five trafficking victims within the OSCE region is a child. As such, the aim of this two-day conference is to enhance the coherence of international efforts and develop more integrated, effective and expert recommendations to adequately respond to child trafficking in a manner respectful of human rights. "There is a great urgency to protect this most vulnerable section of society and to act now in their best interests, for regardless of a child's age, status or origin, their trafficking as a lucrative and viable criminal enterprise simply cannot be allowed to continue.",  said OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Madina Jarbussynova.

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31 March 2017 - 0

Security Days: Creating inclusive, safe and sustainable cities: Local approaches to global challenges

When: 30 March 2017 (All day) - 31 March 2017 (All day)

Where: Vienna

Organized by: OSCE and the City of Vienna

Today half the world's population lives in urban areas and the UN predicts that by 2050 this portion will rise to two-thirds. Cities are at the forefront in addressing many of today's transnational security challenges, including terrorism and violent extremism, organized crime, climate change, and mass movements of people.In view of the pace and scale of urbanization, cities should play a more prominent role in security policy discussions. Cities increasingly shape the social, political, economic and environmental conditions in their countries, and municipal authorities often spearhead innovative policies and approaches. The OSCE, as the world's largest regional security organization, can play an important role in facilitating an inclusive dialogue among relevant local, national and international actors and in strengthening the resilience of cities in addressing global security challenges. The aim of this OSCE Security Days event is to help bridge the gap between policymaking on key security-related issues at the national, regional and global levels and the experience of cities in confronting these challenges. It will provide a platform for frank and open dialogue engaging mayors of major cities from the OSCE region and OSCE Mediterranean and Asian Partner countries, representatives of civil society, international and non-governmental organizations with an urban agenda, the business community, academic experts and media, as well as delegations from the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation.

 

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