COPENHAGEN, 17 December 2014 – Special Representatives from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly have completed a visit to Turkmenistan, where they emphasized the importance of engagement and dialogue with the OSCE in meetings with government and parliamentary leaders.
Thierry Mariani (MP, France), the OSCE PA's Special Representative for Central Asia, paired with Michel Voisin (MP, France), the OSCE PA's Special Representative for Afghanistan, for the four-day visit.
The delegation held meetings with Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan; Akdja Nurberdiyeva, Chairperson of the Mejlis (Parliament) of Turkmenistan; Gulmyrat Myradov, the Chairman of the Central Election Commission; and representatives of the Ministry of Adalat (Justice) and the Supreme Court.
Lima agreement a start, but far greater ambition needed to tackle climate change, says OSCE PA’s Aknazarova
COPENHAGEN, 16 December 2014 – Roza Aknazarova (MP, Kyrgyzstan), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment, today welcomed the agreement reached at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima but warned that far greater ambition is needed to mitigate the effects of rising temperatures.
"The Lima agreement represents a step in the right direction in committing all nations to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. That said, the time for modest pledges has long since passed, and this text falls short not only of expectations, but of what is truly needed. I urge world leaders to recognize the collective gravity of this moment – and their moral responsibility to make far more ambitious commitments to tackling climate change in Paris next year," Aknazarova said.
"Leaders must also never forget the link between climate change and security and the particular toll taken on poorer, low-lying and mountainous countries," she added.
OSCE facing its greatest modern challenge with Ukraine crisis, Parliamentary Assembly President tells Foreign Ministers
BASEL, 4 December 2014 – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is facing its greatest challenge in recent memory as it responds to the Ukraine crisis and must take decisive steps, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) said in an address to the Organization's foreign ministers today.
"We've been faced with the greatest modern challenge to the OSCE – a crisis in which one participating State has ignored the Helsinki Principles, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor," Kanerva said, referring to Russia.
"The crisis in and around Ukraine has generated an institutional crisis: What can the OSCE do to monitor, to defuse, to mediate? The institutional crisis has also meant a truly existential crisis: What's the point of the Helsinki Final Act if countries that have pledged to play by these rules decide not to do so?" he asked.
BASEL, 3 December 2014 -- The leadership of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly convened in a meeting of the PA's Bureau in Basel, Switzerland on 3 December, the eve of the OSCE Ministerial Council. Following opening remarks by OSCE PA President Ilkka Kanerva and the Acting Head of the Swiss Delegation to the OSCE PA, Christine Egerszegi-Obrist, Bureau members heard reports by Secretary General Spencer Oliver, Treasurer Roberto Battelli (MP, Slovenia) and leaders of recent OSCE election observation missions to Moldova, the United States, Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Joao Soares (MP, Portugal), Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Transparency and Reform of the OSCE and of the PA's Helsinki +40 Project, updated members on the Project's first two seminars in Moscow and Washington. Members also heard a report by the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Peter Bowness (MP, United Kingdom), and were informed of the PA's preparations for upcoming Assembly meetings. For photos from the meeting, click here. President Kanerva will address the Ministerial Council on 4 December and has several high-level bilateral meetings scheduled.