On 4-5 February 2013 the first part of the 21st OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum under the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship took place in Vienna. During the two-day event, officials, experts, and representatives of national and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the business community and academia discussed the issue of best practices and co-operation aimed on improving the environmental footprint of energy-related activities in the OSCE area.
Opening the event on behalf of the 2013 Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship, Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk said: “Promoting co-operation on economic and environmental matters contributes to greater stability, security and prosperity. On the other hand, neglecting economic and environmental challenges and problems may increase tensions inside and between States and regions. This applies as well to issues related to energy, and that is why we will emphasize the aspect of co-operation in the whole Forum process.” He added that “the OSCE should contribute to the energy security dialogue, not only among its participating States, but also among leading experts, the private sector, the civil society, and international organizations”.
This meeting is part of the 21st OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum process. It will be followed by a second preparatory meeting on 16 and 17 April 2013 in Kyiv. The conclusions and recommendations stemming from these two meetings will pave the way to the Concluding Meeting of the Forum to take place in Prague in September.