Ukrainian Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Leonid Kozhara opened today a three-day OSCE conference in Prague which gathered representatives of the OSCE participating States, international and non-governmental organizations as well as experts to discuss how the OSCE can contribute to energy sustainability and prevent adverse environmental impacts of energy-related activities.
The 21st OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum highlights the Ukrainian Chairmanship’s priority in this dimension of the Organization’s work. Participants of the Forum will address the issues of sustainable energy and promoting good governance in the energy sector, and look at opportunities that renewable energy resources offer. The Forum will also review OSCE commitments in the energy field and discuss how the OSCE can help participating States’ in this sphere.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Leonid Kozhara called on the conference participants to promote sustainable production, transportation and consumption of energy in their own countries. “We should try to focus on the interrelated challenges of climate change, effective management of natural resources and energy efficiency,” he said. The Chairperson-in-Office highlighted the OSCE’s essential role as a “unique platform for broad dialogue and co-operation among equal partners”.
Dialogue on these issues will continue at the high-level international conference “Energy Security and Sustainability – the OSCE Perspective” be jointly hosted by the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship and the Government of Turkmenistan on 17-18 October 2013 in Ashgabat.