Slovenia and held its last meeting as Chair of the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation on Wednesday (July 18), in Vienna, with the permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OSCE and outgoing Chairperson of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič handing over the FSC insignia to incoming Chairperson, Ambassador Ulrika Funered of Sweden.
“One of the recurring themes of our Chairmanship was the role of women in security processes. Forty-two per cent of all the speakers at our Security Dialogues were female”, Benedejčič said, adding that “If gender can be mainstreamed in nuclear security, it can be mainstreamed anywhere”, referring to one of the Security Dialogues focused on nuclear security.
Nonetheless, “Benedejčič added that Slovenia highlighted the key role men have to play in promoting gender equality”, is written on the official OSCE webpage. “He mentioned that the webpage of the OSCE MenEngage Network – which Benedejčič heads – was launched during Slovenia’s FSC Chairmanship. In addition, officials from the OSCE Secretariat and delegations of participating States performed the play SEVEN, which charts the real-life experiences of seven women from around the world in challenging security situations.”
Speaking of the issues that concern the OSCE, the outgoing Slovenian chairperson noted that “The crisis in and around Ukraine has remained a major topic of debate at the FSC. In light of the current situation in the OSCE area, these discussions offer a valuable opportunity for a frank exchange of views between participating States. Despite all the challenges the FSC has continued to contribute significantly to the overall efforts to lower tensions and promote co-operation. I am therefore confident that it will also continue to effectively address politico-military issues in the future, with the aim of restoring confidence in the OSCE region.”
Above all, however, Slovenia highlighted that the country’s main focus for the four months of its chairmanship of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation had been to restore trust among members of the OSCE in Europe while also encouraging dialogue.
Presenting the insignia of the FSC Chair to his successor, Swedish Ambassador Funered, her Slovenian counterpart assured her of Ljubljana’s full support during the upcoming Swedish FSC Chairmanship later this year…. / IBNA
Main Photo: Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OSCE and outgoing FSC Chair, Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič (R) presents the FSC insignia to incoming Chairperson, Ambassador Ulrika Funered of Sweden, in Vienna, on Wednesday (July 18, 2018)