Political Importance: Starting as of January 1, 2020, Albania will hold the Chairmanship-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) over a calendar year until December 31, 2020. For the first time in its history, Albania will assume the Chairmanship of this large organization. As a result, Albania will be part of the Troika of the Organization Chairmanship together with Italy and Slovakia, when in 2018 and 2019 respectively, held the OSCE Chairmanship.
As of 1 January 2020, Albania will be in the spotlight of the other 56 participating countries, and the Mediterranean Partner countries and Asian countries, attributing it a broader diplomatic role and  a great responsibility of chairing one of the largest main organizations in the international arena. Tirana will host major events, conferences with over 4,000 participants, together with high level personalities for the Chairmanship.
Albania’s commitment to strengthen peace and stability in the Western Balkan region and that of the OSCE, constitutes a solid guarantee for a very successful Chairmanship. Also, as the Chair of the Organization in 2020, Albania will show maturity, full responsibility in steping up the efforts made by Troika (Italy 2018; Slovakia 2019) and ensuring the continuity of the main Organization’s priorities.
The Albanian OSCE Chairmanship for 2020 is the biggest political and diplomatic success in its multilateral engagements since its membership in NATO. Therefore, Albania will chair the OSCE, driven by a sense of responsibility and motivated by the determination to contribute to the overall security, stability and democratization of the continent.
From a historical background, Albania joined this organization in 1991 and since then it has been a major beneficiary in many institutional aspects, especially in the transition period, to develop a stronger state with democratic values and obviously ​​in view of the respect for fundamental rights.
Almost just three decades later, Albania is now close to the historic moment when preparations are underway to lead and provide a significant contribution to this organization.
Albania views the Chairmanship as an excellent opportunity to significantly increase its promotion as an active country contributing to peace and stability, Albania will face an exceptional challenge, but nonetheless it is a well-deserved international appreciation for its active role in promoting democratic values, security and stability in the international arena.
Main Objectives for year 2020:
Albania will continue the good work of the previous Chairmanships for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts within the OSCE space. Conflict resolution will be at the top of the Albanian agenda, of course, with special focus on the crisis in Ukraine and its surrounding regions, contributing to peaceful crisis resolution in Ukraine and its surrounding regions, which remains Europe’s most urgent security challenge.
Albania will continue to support the OSCE’s commitment to conflict resolution, backing up the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in the context of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in line with the Geneva International Discussions on the situation in Georgia, as well as the Transnistria Conflict Resolution ProcessIn addition, special attention will be paid to the non-escalation of the situation in Georgia, as well as to the process of resolving the Transnistria conflict.
Additionally, Albania will be committed to promote good governance and anti-corruption principles throughout the space covered by the Organization.
Albania will address the joint efforts by all participating countries of this organization, in view of the prevention of trafficking in human beings, as well as in fighting the culture of impunity in general.
The promotion of universality of human rights and fundamental freedoms will have a special priority for Albania in
A special role during the Albanian Chairmanship, defined as an inter-dimensional priority, will of course be played by the youth, , not only because Albania is a good example, or  based on the need for the youth to be treated as a future generation, but also as a generation that needs immediate attention and its role in society and institutions in general to be strengthened.
It is also worth noting that during the Albanian Chairmanship, special attention will be paid to strengthening the role of women internationally in peace processes.
We do all believe to a successful OSCE Chairmanship in 2020.

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