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OSCE-Japan Conference held in Tokyo

Jun 17, 2014 15:40 IST

Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) – Japan Conference was held in Tokyo on 17 June 2014. This was for the fourth time that Japan had hosted the OSCE Conference since 2000 when annual conferences with the Asian partners started.

The theme of the Conference was creating a safer, more interconnected and fairer world in the face of emerging challenges in the larger OSCE area.

The two-day Conference was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

The Conference was attended by the representatives of 57 OSCE participating States and Asian Partners for Co-Operation – Japan, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, Afghanistan and Australia.

The participants discussed issues such as counter-terrorism, security and the use of information and communication technologies, sustainable water management, energy supply and transportation.

Special attention was paid to encouraging women to play a main role in creating a fairer world through promoting their participation and rights.

About OSCE

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.

The organization has its origins in the 1975 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). The conference was held in Helsinki, Finland. The headquarters of OSCE is located in Vienna, Austria.

Its 57 participating states are located in Europe, Asia and North America and cover most of the land area of the Northern Hemisphere. It was created during the Cold War era as an East–West forum

The organisation focused on issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections.

The OSCE is concerned with early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management, and post-conflict rehabilitation.

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