The huge OSCE cake
Misiunea Diplomatica a Republicii Kazahstan Institutul de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica
au placerea de a va invita la
ORGANIZATIA PENTRU SECURITATE SI COOPERARE ECONOMICA ( O.S.C.E.)
2010- UN AN DECISIV PENTRU EUROPA
Conferinta va avea loc 24 februarie 2010
Accesul se face doar pe baza de invitatie nominala
Diplomatic Mission of Republic of Kazakhstan Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation
have the pleasure to invite you at
ORGANISATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE (O.S.C.E.)
2010- A DECISIVE YEAR FOR EUROPE
The conference will be held on 24 February 2010
Acces will be granted only to holders of official invitation
Program of the Conference
OSCE 2010. A DECISIVE YEAR FOR EUROPE. KAZAHSTAN PRESIDENCY
10:30 – 11:00 – Receiving the participant`s at Conference. Welcoming Committee
11:00 – Beginning of the Conference
Opening speech by professor Anton Caragea, director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation: OSCE AT CROSS ROADS
Opening speech by H.E. Kairat Aman , Chief of Diplomatic Mission of Republic of Kazakhstan in Romania : KAZAKHSTAN CHAIRMANSHIP OF OSCE
Video- address by H.E. President of Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev on ASSUMPTION OF KAZAKHSTAN TO OSCE CHAIRMANSHIP
Key-note speech of H.E. Emil Constantinescu , former president of Romania on
DO WE STILL NEED OSCE : WHAT FOR ? FOR WHOM ?
Key note speech of H.E. Ion Iliescu , former president of Romania on OSCE IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE WORLD ECONOMY GLOBALIZATION
Video-address of H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan , Chairman In Office of OSCE , Kanat Saudabayev on KAZAKHSTAN PRIORITES AT OSCE
Key-note speech of Mr. Ioan Cezar Coraci , president of Union of General Industrialist from Romania ( UGIR-1903 ) on ECONOMIC COOPERATION UNDER THE FRAMEWORK OF OSCE. A CHANCE FOR WORLD ECONOMY RECOVERY.
Key-note speech of Mr. Catalin Ioan Nechifor , member of Romanian Parliament ,vice-president of Romanian-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group on A NEW CHALLENGE FOR OSCE : ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENT DIMENSION . 2010- A NEW BEGINNING
Key-note speech of professor dr. Mircea Constantinescu ( co-authored professor Alexandru Lucinescu ) on ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE AND HUMAN SECURITY
Closing ceremony. Thanking speech by Professor Anton Caragea and H.E. Kairat Aman .
Cocktail. Breaking the cake.
OSCE 2010. UN AN DECISIV PENTRU EUROPA. PRESEDINTIA KAZAHSTAN.
10:30-11:00 - Primirea participantilor la Conferinta. Comitet de intampinare.
11:00 – Inceperea lucrarilor conferintei
Cuvant de deschidere a lucrarilor , prof.dr. Anton Caragea , directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica : OSCE LA RASCRUCE DE DRUMURI .
Cuvant de deschidere adresat de Excelenta sa Kairat Aman , Seful Misiunii Diplomatice a Republicii Kazahstan in Romania : KAZAHSTANUL LA PRESEDINTIA OSCE
Video-discurs al Excelentei Sale Presedintele Republicii Kazahstan , Nursultan Nazarbaev : DESCHIDEREA PRESEDINTIEI REPUBLICII KAZAHSTAN LA OSCE
Discurs principal al Excelentei Sale Emil Constantinescu , fost presedinte al Romaniei asupra: MAI E NEVOIE DE OSCE ? PENTRU CE ? PENTRU CINE ?
Discurs principal al Excelentei Sale Ion Iliescu , fost presedinte al Romaniei asupra : OSCE IN CONTEXTUL GLOBALIZARII ECONOMIEI MONDIALE
Video-discurs al Excelentei Sale Kanat Saudabayev , Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Republicii Kazahstan si Presedinte in office al OSCE : PRIORITATILE PRESEDINTIEI KAZAHSTAN IN CADRUL OSCE .
Discurs principal al prof.dr. Ioan Cezar Coraci, presedinte al Uniunii Generale a Industriasilor din Romania -1903 ( UGIR-1903) asupra: COOPERARII ECONOMICE IN CONTEXTUL OSCE. O SANSA PENTRU DEPASIREA CRIZEI ECONOMICE MONDIALE
Discurs principal al dl. Ioan Catalin Nechifor , deputat, vice-presedinte al grupului Parlamentar de Prietenie Romania- Kazahstan asupra : O NOUA PROVOCARE PENTRU OSCE. DIMENSIUNEA ECONOMICA SI DE MEDIU. 2010 - UN NOU INCEPUT.
Discurs al prof.dr. Mircea Constantinescu (co-autor prof . Alexandru Lucinescu) asupra: ORGANIZATIEI PENTRU SECURITATE SI COOPERARE IN EUROPA SI SECURITATEA UMANA
Ceremonia de inchidere a lucrarilor conferintei. Discursurile de multumire adresate de prof.dr. Anton Caragea si Excelenta Sa Kairat Aman.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Kazakhstan is assuming the extremely important mission of the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with a sense of great responsibility.
Our country will embark on its Chairmanship during one of the most complicated periods in modern history.
Because of the global financial and economic crisis, tectonic shifts are taking place in the global order, and this process is still far from completion.
The erosion of the regime of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, humanitarian and ecological disasters, famine, poverty, epidemics, depletion of energy resources, conflicts based on interethnic and interreligious differences—such is a far from complete list of the challenges faced by modern civilization that call for maximum efforts by multilateral institutions of high standing like the OSCE.
There is no doubt that the current world situation makes even more arduous the test which Kazakhstan, as a country chairing the OSCE, will have to pass. However, the most pressing problems that the OSCE is now facing have always been at the heart of our foreign policy.
Since its independence, Kazakhstan has made a real contribution to strengthening regional and global security. The shutdown of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, the voluntary renunciation of the world’s fourth largest nuclear and missile arsenal and the complete elimination of its infrastructure are historic decisions that our country has taken.
Recently, at Kazakhstan’s initiative, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming the 29th of August the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
Kazakhstan is fully aware of its role as a responsible player in regional and global economic processes. As a country exporting increasing volumes of hydrocarbons to the world market, our country makes a significant contribution to ensuring global energy security, including that of the European countries.
As a major exporter of grain and other foodstuffs, Kazakhstan is actively promoting the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in order to end hunger and ensure food security.
The Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA), convened at Kazakhstan’s initiative, has now become a unique multilateral instrument for Asian security and co-operation.
Today, this forum, which is an OSCE analogue for Asia, brings together countries which account for one third of the world’s GDP, with a total population of approximately three billion people.
The top priority for Kazakhstan is the sustainable development of Central Asia. The growth of our economy positively affects the region as a whole.
Together with other OSCE participating States, Kazakhstan fully supports efforts aimed at bringing the East and West together in order to develop a better understanding of the key issues confronting the modern world.
The multiethnic and multireligious composition of our population is a special trait of our country. Representatives of more than 140 nationalities and 40 confessions live together as one big family in Kazakhstan.
Our model of interethnic and interreligious accord is Kazakhstan’s real contribution to the global process of interaction between different religions. At my initiative, since 2003, Astana has hosted three Congresses of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which have created a unique forum for interfaith dialogue.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Against this background, we consider the OSCE, with its unique geographical coverage, its experience of interaction and the instruments it has developed, to be one of the key mechanisms for ensuring international security and co-operation. It is an organization that has played and continues to play an important role in maintaining the security architecture in the area from Vancouver to Vladivostok.
At the same time, the positive historical resources of the OSCE are limited. Today, it is not permissible to carry on endlessly drawing the so-called “red lines” and playing the “zero-sum games” which have diminished its credibility.
Improving the effectiveness of international organizations in meeting new global challenges has come to the fore. That is the precise task of the OSCE, which is a unique platform for dialogue bringing together 56 States located on three continents.
The decisive question for the OSCE in the future will be whether it can convert itself into a structure that recognizes the diversity of the world in the 21st century, or whether it will continue to be an organization segmented into blocs, where the West remains aloof from the space “east of Vienna”?
Stereotypes of the “former Soviet republics” continue to dominate the minds of some of our OSCE partners despite the fact of our almost 20 years of experience of integration into the global democratic community.
In this context, the trust bestowed on us by the OSCE participating States bears a special importance for Kazakhstan. Building a democratic society has been a conscious choice of our people, and we will pursue further political liberalization of our country and seek to improve the quality of life of the people of Kazakhstan. Our OSCE Chairmanship is looked upon in the country not only as a foreign policy success, but also as a valuable national achievement in its own right.
In accordance with OSCE traditions, we hereby wish to declare the motto of our Chairmanship, reflecting the symbolic identification of Kazakhstan as the chairing nation.
The motto of Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship will be four Ts, namely, "Trust", “Tradition”, “Transparency” and “Tolerance”. The first T refers to the trust that is necessary for all of us. The second one refers to our commitment to the fundamental principles and values of the OSCE. The third one conveys maximum openness and transparency in international relations, free from “double standards” and “dividing lines”, as well as a focus on constructive co-operation in order to address challenges and threats to security.
Finally, the fourth T reflects global trends towards a strengthening of intercultural and intercivilizational dialogue, which is gaining major importance in today’s world.
Kazakhstan considers expanding and strengthening the consensus base on fundamental issues of development to be one of the key tasks for the OSCE. The 10-year interval since the last OSCE summit is an illustration of the fact that the consensus base is in stagnation, if not in crisis. In this regard, we call upon the OSCE participating States to support Kazakhstan’s initiative urging the convening of a summit in 2010.
Such a meeting of OSCE leaders would afford an opportunity to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act, the 20th anniversary of the Charter of Paris and the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The agenda of the summit could include topical security issues in the OSCE area of responsibility, as well as the situation in Afghanistan and issues relating to tolerance.
Now is the time when the leaders of the OSCE participating States should demonstrate their political will and focus on solutions to the difficult challenges facing our nations.
A summit would not only give a powerful impetus to adapting the OSCE to modern challenges and threats, but would also increase the confidence and respect enjoyed by the Organization itself among our peoples.
Finally, it is the direct responsibility of the Heads of State or Government to work towards strengthening security and co-operation for the benefit and prosperity of the people who elect them.
Meanwhile, the OSCE is an organization that cannot be replaced. Its stagnation or disappearance would create a volatile vacuum in the Euro-Atlantic area.
In this context, we suggest declaring August 1st, the day of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, to be OSCE Day.
Kazakhstan will try to focus on achieving the optimum balance among all three OSCE “baskets”. Such an approach would make it possible to see problems in their entirety, and not only to effectively confront external manifestations of modern challenges and threats, but also to tackle their roots.
Kazakhstan as the holder of the OSCE Chairmanship is firmly committed to the fundamental principles and values of the OSCE. We intend to find mutually acceptable solutions in the interests of all the participating States of the Organization.
Kazakh folk wisdom says: “Birlik bolmay tirlik bolmas - Without unity, there can be no life.” Our country considers the OSCE in the 21st century as a single space of democracy, stability and prosperity for all the peoples living in it.
I thank you for your attention. I wish you every success in the New Year.
A decision of the
The coming chairmanship has become a priority area of
In compliance with the Decree of the President of the
In June 2008 at the Foreign Ministry of the
There has been conducted consultations with state bodies of
Previously in 2007 and 2008 on request of MFA to receive training diplomats and officials participated in internships at the OSCE, European training centers, and foreign ministries of nations that chaired the Organization. More than 80 people have completed training. They are MFA headquarters’ staff, diplomats of Permanent Mission to the OSCE in Vienna and officials from line agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and also specialized experts from kazakhstani state bodies (The Administration of the President, Central Election Commission, Agency for Civil Service Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Culture and Information, General Prosecutor’s Office).
On February 13 the Government of the
One of the serious tasks is bolstering of the nation's representation in the Organization's structures. Nowadays five Kazakhstani citizens are working in OSCE institutions and missions. In 2009, there exist preconditions to promote additionally four people. Among the important there are officials from line agencies at the Secretariat and the ODIHR.
In August 2009, Kazakhstani diplomat Zh.Assanov was appointed Deputy Head of OSCE Office in
Until the end of the year there expected to decide the appointment of special and personal representatives of Acting Chairman on different issues. According to the existing practice, mandates of some personal representatives appointed formerly will be prolonged, while other posts will need new appointments, primarily for Kazakhstani citizens.
Since January 1, 2009,
The meeting demonstrated high relevance of the OSCE-EU consulting mechanism, which will assume an even greater significance in 2010 when
As a Troika member,
From October 1 2009,
· finalize new contribution scales;
· achieve closer linkage between annual budgeting and medium-term program planning.
For this reason,
Starting the fall of 2009,
PRIORITIES OF THE
Drawing out the priorities is a separate area of the preparatory work of
Traditionally, each new chairmanship provides the continuity of work of the previous Chairman-in-Offices, sequence of realization of initiatives and tasks of the Troika, preservation and strengthening of principles and OSCE standards, as well as the observance of budgetary requirements and organizational planning.
At the same time, each chairmanship promotes national and regional interests, paying attention to their conformity to the OSCE general agenda.
Thereby, the priorities should be a flexible combination of national interests with the OSCE agenda and actual needs of the entire OSCE community.
We are speaking of those activity areas, where the OSCE has a corresponding experience, potential and perspectives for development, aimed at excluding the redoubling of other organizations’ activity.
Foreign policy agency of Kazakhstan conducts purposeful work on the elaboration of concrete priorities in each area of the OSCE activity. The priority is given to that spheres of activity of the Organization, the strengthening of which
Thereupon, it is quite logical that priorities of
The world community highly estimates the contribution of Astana into global and regional security, non-proliferation activities, normalization of situation in
The country is characteristic of tolerance to the world cultural and civilization diversity, equal dialogue, respect to the interests of each other and mutual benefits, as well as to harmonious cooperation between human rights, security, and development. These qualities will become demanded assets of Kazakh diplomacy in the realization of powers of the OSCE political leader.
It is natural that the
MILITARY-POLITICAL AND NON-MILITARY ASPECTS OF SECURITY
One of the global topical questions (therefore, among the OSCE participants) in this sphere is counteraction to new challenges and threats (combat against terrorism and extremism, organized crime, drug trafficking, and other kinds of illegal trafficking). The efforts of
During the Chairmanship Kazakhstan should make efforts to realize a thesis declaring the OSCE should play positive role in the process of post-conflict rehabilitation of Afghanistan, strengthening its borders on perimeter of central-Asian member states of the Organization, as well as assisting to the proper administration of state bodies. Stabilization and reconstruction of
Combating different types of trafficking may put the aspect of counteraction to proliferation of dangerous materials and weapons of mass destruction in the rank of priority tasks. Namely, the fact is supported by the new initiatives of President Obama concerning nuclear security and the
The mentioned aspect is of great importance for
Obviously, a conceptual issue of the future European security will be of paramount importance. In 2008, the
ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECT
During the last few years, low efficiency of the OSCE activity in the above area is a matter of concern for all the Participating states.
In compliance with the acting regulations,
Creating favorable political conditions for realization of transit and transport potential is one of the goals of economic agenda of
In connection with this, the Ministries and state bodies of
The subject includes several sub-subjects, meant for combining the existing approaches and being of interest for the OSCE member states. They comprise the better way of administration at the border crossing area; harmonization of national legislative acts on combating corruption; illegal migration and terrorism, development of public-private partnership; facilitation of trade, customs procedures and international (Eurasian) transport; development of infrastructure, transport and trade flows; combating illegal human, trafficking, arms and drug trafficking; container traffic safety; environmental security (transport of dangerous goods); introduction of new technologies.
The forum subject and sub-subjects are flexible and are exposed to continuous change. They take into consideration the provisions of the Address of the Head of state to the people of Kazakhstan for 2008 and 2009, as well of Transport Strategy of Kazakhstan for 2015, Almaty Program of the OSCE activity, the Decree of the Ministerial Council, adopted
In order to give an extra impulse for the second “basket” it is important to involve the OSCE experience in solving regional ecological problems, which have a global effect at the
As one of multinational states of the world, having significant number of ethnic minorities, during difficult years of transformation of social pattern and changes of economic relations,
The Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, established by the Decree of the Head of State on 1 March 1995, plays an important role. Today the Assembly unites all national and cultural centers and is a real mechanism of presenting interests of ethnic minorities to the state bodies. In May 2007, there were introduced amendments into the Constitution of the
In this regard the promotion of tolerance and intercultural dialogue in the OSCE area is a high priority task of
By the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kazakhstan representative Adil Akhmetov was appointed to the post of Acting chairman representative on combating discrimination against Muslims.
The possibility of holding a comprehensive conference on the fight against intolerance in all three key areas (anti-Semitism, against Christians and Muslims) in 2010 under the aegis of a
The event could be devoted to review of the implementation of decisions of the OSCE Meeting on implementation of the commitments on tolerance and intercultural, interreligious and intercultural understanding development (Almaty, 12-13 of June 2006) and other meetings of the OSCE, as well become a follow-up of such foreign policy initiatives of Kazakhstan as a Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and the Ministerial Conference "Common World: progress through diversity".
Kazakhstan, has been taking chair in the Group on Cooperation with the OSCE Mediterranean Partners (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia) in 2009, also had chosen tolerance as the theme for the primary and secondary activities of the Group.
There have been repeatedly sounded in the press about the general contours of the priorities of
Kazakhstan becomes the first country of the CIS and Central Asia, as well as the first country with a predominantly Muslim population, taking chairmanship of the Organization.
It should be noted that the year of the chairmanship of RK is a landmark for the OSCE – it is 35-year anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act, the 20-th anniversary of the Paris Charter for a New Europe, 65-th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
These dates give a good reason for serious analysis of the today’s role of the OSCE and thinking about its future in the broader context of security and cooperation. Subject for enhancement of the OSCE efficiency remains in the focus of the member countries of the Organization.
In its turn, the OSCE, being virtually the only pan-European organization, where Kazakhstan is a full-fledged member, has become a legitimate channel for broadcasting the national interests of Kazakhstan at the global level in international law, military-political, economic and humanitarian areas, in matters of international security.
In connection with the crisis, OSCE facing with, Chairmanship of Kazakhstan in the OSCE has an exceptional importance for it.
Activity of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is traditionally in a special focus of the Acting Chairman.
There will be a task before
We believe that
POSITIVE ASPECTS OF THE PRESIDENCY
By putting forward its candidacy for the presidency of the OSCE,
One should not underestimate the fact that the status of the OSCE Chairman gives an opportunity for Kazakhstan’s specialists to work on probation in the corridors of European structures and to get acquainted with the pan-European experience of diplomacy, including the ability to dialectically combine national, regional and global interests.
Chairmanship of the OSCE would not only give a possibility to take a look at the “internal kitchen" of the Organization, but also to impact on personnel matters in a highly competitive environment. Today
Intensive negotiations, meetings and consultations will also accumulate experience in overcoming the negative effects of the global economic crisis in the countries of the OSCE for its flexible implementation in
A decision on
The OSCE chairmanship is destined to have a strong patriotic impact on the country. One should realize the high international authority of
Except for political benefits, the OSCE Chairmanship is a unique opportunity to promote cultural and spiritual values not only of
In this respect, the OSCE Chairmanship is expected to display the creative potential of
During the chairmanship a number of concerts, exhibits of paintings, photos and other arts is going to be organized not only in the OSCE principal office in Vienna, but in the Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels, Hague and Prague offices as well.
All the above events will provide an opportunity for creating more effective conditions for extensive propaganda of national culture, as well as predetermine stabilization of mutually beneficial cultural and educational relations, getting the idea of tolerance and humanism over to the European audience.
Kazakhstan joined the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
During the first years of its independence,
The invitation extended by the leading Western countries to join the Organization was perceived in
Having become a full member of the pan-European conference,
Kazakh parliamentarians take an active part in the work of the Organization’s Parliamentary Assembly.
In 1994, as a result of the Budapest Summit, the Conference was converted into the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
In 1995, the OSCE established the regional Liaison Office in Central Asia in
During the last few years, Kazakhstan has carried out a number of major OSCE activities, including:
Regional Central Asian conference on combating trafficking in human beings – a regional response (Astana, 18-19 May 2006);
Kazakhstan chaired the Third Review Conference of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (Vienna, 29 May-2 June 2006);
Tolerance Implementation Meeting on Promoting Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and Inter-Ethnic Understanding (Almaty, 12-13 June 2006);
Regional workshop on confidence-building measures and regional co-operation on demining (Almaty, 26-27 March 2007);
Seventeenth Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (Astana, 29 June-3 July 2008).
Ladies and gentlemen,
Speaking here before the Permanent Council two and a half years ago, I expressed the hope that on 30 November 2007 the foreign ministers of the OSCE participating States would adopt a fair decision in
The decision adopted in Madrid was not only a sign of the objective recognition by the international community of the impressive achievements of Kazakhstan and President Nursultan Nazarbayev in building an economically powerful and dynamically developing democratic State, its worthy contribution in ensuring regional and global security during the short period that the country has been independent, but also served to demonstrate the desire of the OSCE itself to really bring the countries to the east and the west of Vienna closer together and to modernize and strengthen the Organization in order to adapt it to the present day realities. In the address that we have just heard, President Nazarbayev outlined the main challenges facing our Organization today along with ways of finding appropriate responses to them and the most important priorities of our OSCE Chairmanship. For my part, I should merely like to outline a road map for the implementation of our Head of State’s strategic vision.
We are extremely grateful to
In the context of the dialogue on the future of European security we support the willingness expressed by a number of countries in
We share the opinion that the strengthening the Vienna Document 1999 should be carried out in parallel and without detriment to the existing regime of confidence and security building measures (CSBMs). It is our hope that 2010, a special year in many respects, will see us draw a step closer to the entry into force of the Agreement on Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
We shall continue to work to strengthen the OSCE’s co operation with other international organizations and institutions and will intend to invite their representatives more frequently for an exchange of views.
Assisting in resolution of “protracted conflicts” remains a priority for any Chairmanship and we shall endeavour to do all we can to make a contribution to this difficult process. At the same time, our Organization must try to find a way of preventing the emergence of similar conflicts which result in human tragedy and humanitarian disasters.
To that end, my first visit as Chairman in Office is scheduled for mid February to the countries of the
In line with the Ministerial Declaration adopted in
We shall pay greater attention to the work to combat illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and to counter terrorism and other new challenges of the modern age, and welcome the decision taken in this regard at
In view of the experience of previous Chairmanships, Kazakhstan intends to co operate closely with the Secretariat’s Action against Terrorism Unit, to support specific projects as a donor and assist in the holding of thematic seminars. We are planning to hold a conference in Astana on the prevention of terrorism as the main event in this area. We urge our partners to ensure a high level of participation in this Conference.
Today the concept of European security goes far beyond the borders of the European continent and encompasses the vast expanse of
We view the development of the situation in that country from the point of view of global security and the fight against terrorism, religious extremism and drug trafficking. Helping the Afghan people to transform their war-torn country into a peaceful, productive and self-sustained society based on democratic principles and values, is an important task for the OSCE and the whole international community.
We hope that the forthcoming international conference on
For a number of years
In selecting its priorities in the economic and environmental dimension,
The III Astana Economic Forum in July of this year on the theme of “Crisis Lessons and Post Crisis Model of Economic Development in Globalization Conditions” should impart an additional impetus to discussions in this area.
Another important and highly topical sphere of work in the second dimension is environment and security. It is important over the long term to create a comprehensive system for monitoring and responding to environmental threats, devising common approaches and generating political will. In this context, activities to address challenges of the
Work must continue on migration issues and on ensuring energy security in line with the decisions adopted at the Ministerial Council meeting in
The human dimension remains a key theme on the agenda of our Organization and our Chairmanship.
Given our extremely positive experience in securing inter ethnic and interconfessional harmony in our own country, we intend to make tolerance and intercultural dialogue within the OSCE area a major priority of our Chairmanship.
I hope that the High Level OSCE Conference on Tolerance and Non Discrimination to be held in Astana on 29 and 30 June of this year will make a worthy contribution to the process of further strengthening interaction among different cultures and civilizations and the practical implementation of decisions adopted earlier. In that connection, I would ask you all, my distinguished colleagues, to play a most active part in the preparatory and substantive work of the Conference. The three Personal Representatives of the Chairman in Office for religious tolerance and non discrimination will also be actively involved in this process.
Another no less acute problem is trafficking in human beings, with particular focus on trafficking in children, which has taken on a global scale and become a component of transnational crime. This being the case, one of the supplementary human dimension meetings will be devoted to a discussion of how to improve the mechanisms for combating trafficking in human beings.
In view of the importance of promoting gender policy, we plan to hold a meeting on the promotion of gender balance and the participation of women in public and political life and to co sponsor an ODIHR programme to increase the participation by women in State structures.
The rule of law is a fundamental commitment in the human dimension, directly concerned with human rights and democracy. In this context, we intend to pay particular attention to independence of judicial systems and to other important issues that have lost none of their relevance such as the prevention of hate crimes, freedom of movement, the situation of Roma and Sinti and others.
In addition to the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in
This year, presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in 15 OSCE participating States. We urge the ODIHR and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to co ordinate their work and to do everything possible to ensure that the election monitoring process is objective and constructive.
Attaching great importance to the human dimension of the OSCE’s work, we are demonstrating a firm commitment to this process, first and foremost in our own country. Further steps in the area of democratization in
We understand that this is an extremely difficult task. However, as the great Francis Bacon once said “all rising to a great place is by a winding stair”.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I should like to thank our Greek friends for their tireless efforts throughout 2009. As the Chairman in Office of the OSCE I am counting on close co operation with
I am also relying on the support of all my appointed personal and special representatives. The broad geography of the countries represented by them should ensure the objectivity and impartiality of the work ahead of us.
I regard the support of the Secretary General and the OSCE Secretariat and institutions as a major factor for the success of our Chairmanship and for ensuring the continuity and effectiveness of the Organization’s work. In this connection, we shall continue to examine different ways of strengthening the legal status of the OSCE, including the possibility of setting up a working group to draw up proposals on the basis of consensus.
The Kazakh Chairmanship attaches great importance to the work of the OSCE missions in the field. We firmly believe that at the request of the host authorities the OSCE field operations can provide vital support.
We intend to pay particular attention to strengthening the parliamentary dimension.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Year after year it has been said unfortunately that the delay in the adoption of the budget has become a customary practice, which has a negative effect on both the activities and the authority of the OSCE. Today, however, I should like to thank all the participating States for the constructive approach taken to the discussions on the 2010 budget, which for the first time in recent years was adopted within the prescribed time frame. I hope that this is a good sign for the start of our Chairmanship. May this positive outlook continue to apply to all our joint co ordinated work throughout 2010.
In keeping with the priorities of our Chairmanship,
In conclusion I should like to say that during the 35 years since the adoption of the Helsinki Final Act, the OSCE has gained unique experience and devised an unparalleled system of collective, comprehensive and indivisible security.
However, as our President noted in his address, today the OSCE’s positive and historic resources have their limits. For that reason, in view of the new threats and challenges our common task is to make the Organization even more valid, useful and effective.
In keeping with this lofty goal and firmly committed to the fundamental principles and values of the OSCE, in its work in chairing this Organization Kazakhstan will be guided by the interests of all the OSCE participating States for the sake of the security and prosperity of their peoples.
Thank you for your attention.
14 January 2010, 5:00