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Spain chairs the Structured Dialogue of the OSCE
28/02/2020

​The Informal Working Group on Structured Dialogue of the OSCE for 2020 met today chaired by Spain. Spain had already chaired the OSCE Security Committee in 2018 and 2019, and has been designated by Albania, current Chair of the OSCE, to chair the Structured Dialogue this year due to its experience and commitment in this area, with the agreement of all the participating countries. 

The Spanish Chairmanship of the Structured Dialogue for 2020 has been organised under the theme “Understanding for Security” (U4S). During the year, Spain will chair a process of working meetings at a political level and with military experts, consisting of the 4 steps necessary to make progress towards greater understanding on security in Europe: Listen, Reflect, Share and Learn.

The working programme of the Spanish Chair will be focused on key aspects such as the recovery of confidence and stability; transparency; the reduction of risks and prevention of incidents; and emerging threats and new challenges.

Structured Dialogue is one of the main initiatives of the OSCE and the most important space for dialogue on conventional arms control (CAC) and the promotion of measures that foster confidence and security (MFCS) in Europe. It was established by the foreign ministers of the 57 participating states of the OSCE in the Hamburg Declaration and approved in 2016. Its principal aim is to develop an environment that fosters dialogue on European security.

Structured Dialogue is an open process without a predetermined result, but the Spanish chair will make a determined effort to make progress towards the main objective set by the Hamburg Declaration: the creation of an environment conducive to dialogue on the current and future risks and challenges related to security, which can serve as a sound foundation for the path to be followed.

In the Hamburg Declaration the 57 participating states of the OSCE undertook to work towards creating an environment conducive to reinvigorating conventional arms control and confidence building measures in Europe and studying how the negative trend in this area can be reversed.

 

 

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