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Security challenges discussed at OSCE conference in Poland's Łódź

01.12.2022 07:00
Foreign policy makers from 57 countries are expected to discuss Russia's aggression against Ukraine and other international security challenges at a two-day conference beginning on Thursday in the central Polish city of Łódź.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew RauPhoto: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz

Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau is set to open the international conference in his role as chairman-in-office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), according to officials.

Polish President Andrzej Duda is expected to address participants at around 10 a.m.

The Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is an annual meeting of foreign ministers from OSCE participating states or their representatives, according to the Polish foreign ministry.

The event is expected to summarise Poland's chairmanship of the organization in 2022.

"Ministers or their plenipotentiaries from participating states and OSCE cooperation partners will review and assess the security situation in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian area in the politico-military, economic and environmental, as well as human dimensions over the past 12 months and set goals and mechanisms of action for the upcoming year," the Polish foreign ministry said in a statement ahead of the gathering.

In 2023, the OSCE will be chaired by North Macedonia, it added.

On Wednesday, Poland's Rau welcomed the "heads of delegations participating in the OSCE Ministerial Council in the Łódź Grand Theater," officials announced.

The Polish foreign minister underlined that, during itOSCE chairmanship, Poland provided civil society organizations with opportunities for "joint discussion and work," officials said.

Poland took over the rotating presidency of the OSCE from Sweden in January, with Rau taking a role as the organization’s Chairperson-in-Office.

This is the second time Poland is chairing the organization, with its previous turn at the helm in 1998.


Source: IAR, PAP, gov.pl