Minister of Foreign Affairs Logar underlines the importance of stability and security at the yearly OSCE Mediterranean Conference
In his video speech for the annual OSCE Mediterranean Conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar underlined his conviction that a more effective system to respond to future crises must be included in the post-pandemic recovery plans.
The topic of this year’s Conference, which was held under the Polish Chairmanship of the OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Group (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Israel), was “Road to resilience: post-pandemic recovery and security in the OSCE and Mediterranean regions”.
Minister Logar remotely attended the high-level political segment entitled “Security and co-operation in the Mediterranean in light of the COVID-19 pandemic”, stressing that resilience and crisis preparedness are among the key priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Slovenia holds that stability and security in the Mediterranean are of the utmost importance and can only be enhanced by promoting dialogue between the European states and their Mediterranean partners and by creating synergies between the OSCE and EU. The Minister said that Slovenia is striving to enhance its presence in the Mediterranean, which is why it has recently become a EUMED 9 member. Environment protection and climate change are among the priorities of this alliance, in addition to security, migration and intercultural dialogue. Climate change has become a security challenge and a threat multiplier. He went on to point out the OSCE’s concept of comprehensive security, which is based on the recognition that environmental degradation can lead to conflicts in the region.
The Minister called for raising awareness and promoting cooperation in achieving a new multilateral environmental agreement. As the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Slovenia is making every effort for the success of the international Climate Change Conference COP 26 in Glasgow.