1. Recognizing that the changes which have taken place in recent decades in the socio economic situation in the OSCE region have not only had a positive effect, but have also contributed to a deepening of socio-economic inequality, the spread of corruption and an increase in unemployment,
    2. Stressing that these socio-economic factors are a threat to the stability, security and prosperity of the participating States and the exercise of the economic, social and other rights and freedoms of their citizens, in particular against the background of the financial and economic crisis,
    3. Bearing in mind the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966),
    4. Taking into account that not only economic, social and cultural rights but also civil and political rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated, as set out in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action of the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights (UN doc. A/CONF.157/23, Part 1, para. 5),
    5. Having regard to the obligations of the participating States set out in the OSCE Final Act (1975) to promote and encourage the effective exercise of economic, social and other rights and freedoms,
    6. Recalling the obligations under the Document of the Bonn Conference on Economic Co operation in Europe (1990), in which the participating States expressed the intention to achieve or maintain policies that promote social justice and improve living and working conditions,
    7. Noting the provisions of the OSCE Strategy Document for the Economic and Environmental Dimension (2003) concerning co-operation on developing human resources, improving social conditions and ensuring sustainable development,
    8. Recognizing that the OSCE, which has the requisite normative and organizational potential, could promote more effective implementation by the participating States of obligations in the socio-economic sphere and could contribute to the development of a dialogue and the strengthening of regional and global co-operation on protecting and promoting socio-economic rights,
    9. Recalling the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which formulated development goals directed at eradicating poverty and hunger, improving health, reducing maternal and child mortality, achieving gender equality, ensuring basic education for all, protecting the environment, providing access to drinking water and sanitation, and promoting partnerships,
    10. Bearing in mind the co-operation between the OSCE and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on the basis of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2004, pursuant to which a thorough and comprehensive examination shall be conducted of economic, environmental and social factors that have a direct impact on stability and security in the OSCE region,
    11. Noting the contribution of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and in particular the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and the Environment, in examining current socio-economic problems and promoting socio-economic rights in the OSCE region in the framework of the annual sessions of the Assembly and regular economic conferences held under the auspices of the OSCE PA,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Underscores the fundamental significance of economic and social rights as integral parts of the concept of human rights, as well as the importance of their full realization by all appropriate means;
    2. Calls on the OSCE, together with Governments, parliaments, the private sector, civil society and other partners, to contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and to drafting a development agenda for the period following 2015;
    3. Calls on participating States to improve their legislation, administrative procedures and policies in the area of economic and social rights and to put them into practice so as to guarantee their effective realization;
    4. Calls on the participating States to take specific measures to improve social conditions, including through targeted support for socially vulnerable groups in society, through the prevention of social isolation, and through broader access to basic social services, such as medical care, education, pensions and employment opportunities, and rehabilitation programmes;
    5. Supports efforts by the participating States to carry out poverty reduction policies and to ensure sustainable development;
    6. Calls on the OSCE, based on its expert potential and the resources of its executive structures, institutions and field missions, to assist participating States on matters relating to the due protection of socio-economic rights;
    7. Calls on the OSCE, in line with the Platform for Co-operative Security (1999), to continue to develop and build upon interaction with international institutions and organizations on the subject of the protection of socio-economic rights with a view to contributing to regional and global co-operation and the exchange of experience and best practices in this area;
    8. Recommends that, within the framework of an OSCE Parliamentary Assembly initiative, consideration be given to questions relating to the realization and promotion of socio economic rights in the OSCE region.