New OSCE Chairmanship

Press releases, 04.01.2024

Difficult tasks await Malta this year.

OSCE family photo
New tasks await OSCE Chairman Ian Borg and the 57 participating states. © Micky Kroell

Following an agreement reached at the Ministerial Council, Malta has assumed the OSCE Chairmanship for 2024. The new Chairmanship faces major challenges in its endeavour to strengthen the OSCE's capacity to act and make a positive contribution to European security. One of the biggest current priorities for the OSCE remains Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, which poses the greatest threat to security in Europe.

Ian Borg, Malta's Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson, is convinced of the organisation's potential: "We will spare no effort to harness the capabilities of the instruments and mechanisms of this organisation and maximise its potential as a platform for comprehensive and co-operative security...Our mission is to strengthen the resilience of the OSCE and our peoples in the pursuit of a secure and peaceful future."

For Switzerland, the OSCE is an important component of security in Europe. It also facilitates dialogue with non-aligned states in the region and has instruments at its disposal to prevent conflicts and manage crises.