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Minister Jakub Kulhánek Addressed the OSCE Annual Conference

The 28th Ministerial Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe took place in Stockholm on 2-3 December 2021. In addition to the representatives of all 57 OSCE participating States, representatives of the Mediterranean and Asian partner countries also spoke at the meeting. An important outcome of the negotiations is the adoption of the OSCE's commitments in the field of combating climate change. The next annual meeting will take place on 1-2 December 2022 in Łódž, Poland.

This year's Swedish OSCE chairpersonship culminated in a traditional ministerial meeting with the personal participation of the foreign ministers of the vast majority of participating states at the new XPO exhibition center near Stockholm. The 28th OSCE Ministerial Meeting addressed the main security threats in the territory of OSCE participating States, in particular the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but also the situation in Belarus and others. The Czech delegation was led by Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek, who in his speech recalled the inadmissible hostile attacks by another OSCE participating State that the Czech Republic suffered on its own territory. Unfortunately, similar incidents capture the current atmosphere within the Organization. Minister Kulhánek called for a diplomatic solution to the conflicts between the participating States in order to fulfill the commitments made, which aim to ensure collective security while respecting and promoting the human rights of all.

In the margins of the ministerial meeting, the Czech minister also supported a meeting of experts on the need for democratization in Belarus and on the issue of respect for human rights in the occupied Crimea.

Ministers also decided to step up cooperation to tackle the challenges posed by climate change. Climate change is one of the major factors affecting the security environment.