2007 AS Kyiv bigThe OSCE Parliamentary Assembly held its 16th Annual Session in Kyiv from 5-9 July 2007. Hosted by the Ukrainian Parliament, the Session focused attention on the theme: ‘Implementation of OSCE Commitments’. The meetings brought together 250 parliamentarians in the Ukrainian capital, coming from 54 countries across the OSCE and beyond. The Assembly met in two separate plenary sessions, which were addressed by senior officials, including Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko, OSCE PA President Goran Lennmarker, and the OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.

From 6 to 8 July, the Assembly’s three General Committees met to discuss current issues within their fields of work and to consider and amend draft resolutions. The Standing Committee of Heads of Delegations also met to consider and approve a budget for the coming fiscal year and to hear reports on recent work of the Assembly. On the final day of the Session, the Assembly met to consider all of the resolutions. This document, the Kyiv Declaration, represents the collective voice of OSCE parliamentarians and is distributed to the governments of all OSCE countries for consideration.

AS-2007-Kyiv-PlenaryThe Declaration emphasizes that the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is the OSCE’s most valuable asset in enhancing the credibility of the OSCE’s efforts to promote democracy and the establishment and improvement of parliamentary institutions. It reiterates the relevance of OSCE Electoral Observation Missions and states that parliamentarians contribute a wide range of professional political experience and visibility to these missions.

The Declaration expresses support for all efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement of the ‘frozen conflicts’ in Moldova and Georgia based on the principles of territorial integrity. Reaffirming the crucial importance of all democratic values, the Declaration calls on governments of OSCE participating States to pursue their international commitments and principles linked to the notion of each being a free and democratic country. The Declaration urges all OSCE participating States to sign and ratify the Energy Charter Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol. It also calls for greater action on migration and against human trafficking, especially children, and for the dismantling of criminal networks which facilitate illegal migration. In addition, it contains provisions on women, peace and security; cluster bombs; environmental security; human rights and intolerance.The Assembly re-elected Goran Lennmarker as President of the Assembly and elected other Officers of the Assembly.