Statement by Ambassador Tacan İldem, Permanent Representative of Turkey, in Response to the Report by Dr. Yurdakul Yiğitgüden, Coordinator of the Economic and Environmental Activities, at the 968th Permanent Council

Tacan İLDEM 24.10.2013
Thank you Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to join the previous speakers in warmly welcoming Dr. Yurdakul Yiğitgüden, Coordinator of the Economic and Environmental Activities, back to the Permanent Council and I am thanking him for his comprehensive and insightful presentation.

Economic and Environmental issues have always been an integral part of the OSCE’s agenda and all the activities under the Second Dimension underpin how this Organization attributes equal importance to all three dimensions to ensure and promote security, as has been the underlying vision of the founding fathers of this Organization. This point was frequently highlighted during the discussions that took place at the 2013 OSCE EEDIM Meeting organized earlier this week. We are glad to observe that all participants and stake-holders expressed their commitment to the concept of comprehensive, co-operative, equal and indivisible security.

This year’s Economic and Environmental Forum cycle provided an ample opportunity for exploring ways and means to increase the effectiveness of our work in the Second Dimension. It also gave us a good opportunity to exchange experiences and share the lessons learnt. We hope that all these will be transformed into concrete deliverables at the Kiev Ministerial Council. In this regard, we stand ready to favorably consider the draft decision on improving the environmental footprint of energy related activities in the OSCE region. Our positive stance would also extend to other expected proposals in the Second Dimension.

Mr. Chairperson,

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Maastricht Strategy which remains the reference document providing strategic orientation to our work in the Economic and Environment Dimension. This blueprint provides a solid base to try and address all the areas of concern of all stake-holders including, but not limited to, good governance, migration management, waste management, business development, environmental issues, water management and security, energy security dialogue, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and countering the financing of terrorism.

We are of the opinion that the Helsinki+40 process offers us an important opportunity to review the work in the Second Dimension and to identify areas where we can further strengthen the OSCE’s capacity to address economic and environmental challenges in our region and generate added value.

I also wish to seize this opportunity to voice once again a call we have been making over the years at all levels, including by President Gül at the Astana Summit: Turkey strongly advocates the view that the status of the Coordinator’s Office should be upgraded and strengthened also by staffing and resourcing to a level that denotes its true value and importance for and within the Organization. Such an action would not only present the Office of the Coordinator the necessary leverage for it to successfully discharge mandate, but also endow it with enhanced capacity to meet the participating States’ expectations.

In conclusion, I would once again thank Dr. Yiğitgüden and his able staff for this report and for their contributions to the activities of the Second Dimension. I would like to reiterate our staunch support for the work of the Office and look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation.

Thank you.