OSCE Annual Security Review Conference to be held in Vienna

2012-06-28 austria, latvia
Author: Kārlis Līdaks
OSCE Annual Security Review Conference to be held in Vienna

The OSCE Annual Security Review Conference is held from 26 June to 28 June in Vienna, Austria. The conference session on conventional arms control and confidence- and security-building measures will be moderated by the Republic of Latvia Ministry of Defence State Secretary Jānis Sārts. 

 

The session will provide a framework for reviewing issues related to the Vienna Document 2011 on confidence- and security-building measures and proposals for its modernisation, the Open Skies Treaty and conventional arms control in Europe, as well as topics regarding combating of illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

 

Keynote speakers at this session are Celeste Wallander, the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence and Ambassador Vladimir Gerasimovich, Head of International Security and Arms Control Department of the Republic of Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

The annual security review conference is the principal OSCE event for discussing security policy matters of shared concern, related to transnational threats and challenges, arms control and confidence- and security-building measures, dealing with long-lasting conflicts, crisis management mechanisms, as well as engagement with OSCE partners for co-operation. The ideas formulated during the event and discussions underpin the OSCE’s further security efforts all through the following year.

 

The conference has called together security policy experts and about 350 participants from more than 60 countries and 10 international organizations.

 

Latvia holds the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation from 25 April to 31 August 2012 and during this period is in charge of managing the organisation’s politico-military matters. The chairmanship functions are performed by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Latvia to OSCE in Vienna.

 

Further information on the OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation is available on OSCE website http://www.osce.org/fsc

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