Promoting good governance – a key factor for stability and security
Good governance leads to economic benefits in a globalized world and it accelerates economic development. As such, it is an integral part of the comprehensive concept of security of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that encompasses political-military, economic and environmental, as well as human rights issues.
Our Organization works to enhance security and stability in the OSCE region by promoting international co-operation on economic issues, strengthening good governance and assisting our participating States in combating corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. We promote good governance by working closely with government institutions and relevant national structures as well as regional and international organizations, by teaming up with the business community and civil society, and by leveraging our extensive field presences in Southeast Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Our 57 participating States have long recognized that good governance is an important factor for stability and security everywhere.
The Office of the Co-ordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities holds some of our best expertise in good governance and it supports participating States through tailored technical assistance and policy advice, helping them to identify and tackle key challenges in the areas of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism. For instance, we have recently contributed to capacity-building of the financial intelligence units of Moldova, Ukraine and in all five of our Central Asian participating States, and provided policy advice and anti-corruption trainings in Mongolia.
The OSCE has also developed a Handbook on Combating Corruption, which is being translated into a number of other languages. A set of targeted training modules, based on the Handbook, will be developed and implemented in close co-operation with OSCE field operations and external partners.
The OSCE, moreover, provides assistance to participating States in implementing their anti-corruption commitments, in particular those related to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Many of our activities correlate with the 2030 Agenda, including those focused on providing access to justice for all, building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, ensuring sustainable management of resources, support for climate action, providing access to affordable and clean energy, and building sustainable cities and communities.
In Ukraine, to use another example, we conducted an anti-corruption needs assessment mission and provided support and assistance in formulating anti-corruption strategies in municipalities that have requested OSCE support. Our work in good governance also includes the facilitation of bilateral co-operation between our participating States. Following a request by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the Office facilitated co-operation for the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine and relevant counterparts in Austria. In Central Asia, the OSCE conducted a series of targeted trainings aimed at fostering a participatory approach towards the prevention of corruption.
In Belarus, Moldova and Kazakhstan, a recent project aims at contributing to political confidence among official authorities to promote connectivity and trust among governments and the business community.
As we continue our work in these and similar projects, I intend to make sure that we remain a first-rate provider of support for our participating States and that we are well-placed to respond to relevant challenges and opportunities in partnership with regional and international institutions such as UNODC, OECD and the World Bank that are engaged in a similar mission.
I take this opportunity to congratulate Argentina on its 2018 G20 Presidency. I am confident that the political, economic and financial discussions in this format will contribute to international efforts to increase accountability, transparency, public participation and respect for the rule of law. On the basis of its long-standing experience in these areas, the OSCE will continue to advocate for better governance and make its expertise available to help foster stability and security in Europe and beyond.