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Minister for Foreign Affairs to host OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm

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On 2–3 December, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde will host 56 of her foreign minister colleagues in Stockholm at the annual OSCE Ministerial Council.

The invited guests include foreign ministers from North America, Europe and Central Asia, including Russia and the United States. The Council is the culmination of Sweden’s term as OSCE Chair in 2021, which concludes at the end of the year, and comes at a time of major security policy challenges.

The OSCE Ministerial Council is an important opportunity for the foreign ministers from the 57 OSCE participating States to meet and discuss a wide range of issues facing the region. Important recurring challenges include the political crises and unresolved conflicts in the OSCE region, such as the developments in and around Ukraine, the southern Caucasus and in Moldova.

As Chair, Sweden is working to make the Council a catalyst to motivate stronger commitments on priority issues such as women’s economic empowerment, climate action and security. Cooperation within the OSCE has an important role to play in identifying solutions to conflicts and crises in the OSCE region that also impact security in Sweden’s neighbourhood. The joint principles and commitments that have been undertaken in the OSCE are more important than ever in terms of managing existing challenges and preventing new ones arising.