Second preparatory meeting of the 26th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum The second preparatory meeting of the 26th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum, organised by the Italian Chairperson-in-Office in association with the OSCE Secretariat, focused on economic progress and security in the OSCE area through innovation, human capital development and good public and private governance.
Over 150 senior officials from the 57 participating states and 11 partner countries for cooperation took part in the event, along with representatives from the world of business, academia and civil society to discuss how the fourth industrial revolution is transforming supply and demand trends in the labour market.
The meeting was opened by Ambassador Vinicio Mati, co-ordinator of the Italian OSCE Chairmanship and Ambassador Vuk Zugic, co-ordinator of OSCE economic and environmental activities. Ambassador Alessandro Azzoni, Italy’s permanent representative to the OSCE, moderated the opening session and the keynote speakers were Professor Paola Severino, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on combating corruption and Enzo Quattrociocche, Secretary-General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Coordinator Mati said: “In the increasingly interconnected OSCE area, the economic and environmental dimension is essential for maintaining stability and security. Greater cooperation in the economic and environmental arena may help create a more positive, constructive atmosphere that could also benefit more complex areas, thereby contributing to growingly enhance stability and security in the OSCE area”. He noted that discussions at the OSCE revealed that some of the issues to further explore in order to govern the transformation of ongoing economic processes linked to technological innovation included those that the Italian Chairmanship decided to focus on for the cycle of meetings of 26th Economic-Environmental Forum: the digital economy; human capital development; enhancing good public governance and corporate social responsibility.
Professor Severino said that “the best thing that good public governance can do to prevent corruption is to promote mechanisms that reward compliance with the law by the economic actors” while the Secretary-General of the EBRD, Quattrociocche, dwelt on the synergy that could be developed on the basis of the Memorandum signed last December between the Bank and the OSCE.
The topics discussed will also intersect with the applicable UN Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 4 “Quality education for everyone”, Goal 8 “Decent work for everyone” and Goal 17 “Partnerships and cooperation”.
Prior to the meeting, a side event was held on Wednesday on the social economy as a key element for people-centered sustainable economic development.