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Canada : Youth participation and gender equality can pave the way to more sustainable security in the Mediterranean - Minister Carmelo Abela.

Maltas Permanent Representation to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is, in collaboration with the Albanian Chairmanship of the OSCEs Contact Group with the Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation (Mediterranean Contact Group), holding a two-day ambassadorial retreat in Malta on the 7th and 8th June 2019.

More than 30 ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from 31 countries, as well as from the OSCE and the European Union, are participating in the retreat, which offers an informal setting to discuss key areas of cooperation to enhance security in the Mediterranean region.

The meeting is being held as the OSCE commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Contact Group, an informal group comprising the six Mediterranean Partners for Cooperation with which the OSCE maintains special relations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia), that meets periodically to facilitate the interchange of information and the generation of ideas.

Opening the meeting, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela acknowledged the importance and relevance of the work of the Mediterranean Contact Group and the OSCE, calling for further inter-regional cooperation between the two. He welcomed efforts in presenting proposals aimed at improving the outlook for the Mediterranean by utilising existing opportunities for cooperation that would start putting into effect the Declaration on Security and Cooperation in the Mediterranean adopted by the OSCE Foreign Ministers last December in Milan.

Minister Abela remarked that the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Contact Group serves to take stock of the work carried out with the OSCE Mediterranean Partnership, with a view to invigorating action-oriented dialogue and intensifying practical cooperation with the OSCE.

He spoke on how investing in youth participation and gender equality can pave the way for more sustainable security in the Mediterranean. Malta has been intensifying efforts in other regional fora through initiatives such as the recent 5+5 Western Mediterranean Dialogue Ministerial Meeting and Young Mediterranean Voices Regional Leadership Seminar, to increase youth and women empowerment and participation in decision-making, in so doing pushing forward the peace agenda for the Mediterranean. Migration would be another area where it is essential that the OSCE cooperates with its Mediterranean partners.

Minister Abela recalled to those present their commitment to foster security by forging new links and bonds that ensure cooperation within the region, also in view of next years 45th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. That declaration included the Mediterranean Chapter, which gave way to a longstanding engagement between the OSCE and the Mediterranean.

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Date:Jun 12, 2019
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