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07 December 2021 Press release

Monaco takes part in 28th meeting of OSCE Ministerial Council


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Laurent Anselmi took part in the 28th meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)’s Ministerial Council, which was chaired by Sweden and held in Stockholm on 2 and 3 December 2021. The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Mr Frédéric LABARRÈRE, Monaco’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OSCE, and Mr Lorenzo RAVANO, Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative.

In his speech to more than 50 ministers from the 57 member states, Laurent ANSELMI emphasised the importance of multilateralism in the search for integrated and sustainable solutions to problems which cannot be tackled by nations individually due to their cross-border nature. He also confirmed the Principality’s commitment to international law and the protection of human rights.

The Minister highlighted the central role played by the OSCE with regard to the numerous tensions in its area of influence, and in promoting peace, stability and security, particularly through its missions on the ground.

Stressing the importance of the economic, environmental and human aspects which make up the comprehensive concept of security promoted by the OSCE, Laurent ANSELMI drew a link between the climate and security, the promotion of good governance and women’s empowerment. He also noted efforts to combat corruption, terrorism, illegal trafficking and all forms of discrimination, as well as violence against women, girls and vulnerable people.

In the margins of the Ministerial Council, Laurent ANSELMI held meetings with several ministers and with Ms Helga SCHMID, Secretary-General of the OSCE, with whom he signed an agreement confirming that the Prince’s Government would make a financial contribution to a successful programme to combat human trafficking in 2022 and 2023.

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