I am delighted to accept the Government’s invitation to serve on the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and to have the opportunity to address a wide range of security-related concerns alongside members from 57 countries from across Asia, Europe and North America.
The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organisation and is a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities. The organisation uses a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses military, economic, environmental, and human factors to help bridge differences and build trust between states by co-operating on conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. By working across borders with allies, the OSCE addresses issues that have an impact on our common security, including arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratisation, and media freedom
Britain’s involvement in the OSCE shows how we can influence major defence and security decisions on a pan-regional stage and work with our allies to ensure that our common interests are protected.