On 17 - 18 July 2023, H.E. Mrs. Vilawan Mangklatanakul, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Vienna, attended the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Asian Partners for Co-operation Group Conference in Vienna, Austria, in her capacity as the Head of the Thai delegation, accompanied by Ms. Somrudee Poopornanake, Deputy Director-General of the Department of European Affairs. The participants to the Conference consisted primarily of Ambassador-level representatives from the 57 OSCE participating States and 5 Asian Partners (including Thailand). Ambassador Vilawan delivered remarks in the Opening Session of the Conference while Deputy Director-General Somrudee gave interventions in the Conference’s different sessions as well as had bilateral meetings with the OSCE Secretariat and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thailand also fielded a representative as speaker/panelist in the session on cybersecurity.
The theme of the Conference was "Europe and Asia: Addressing common challenges in a changing global security environment through multilateral co-operation". The Thai delegation emphasised the importance of enhancing constructive engagement and cooperation between Asia and Europe, and in particular between ASEAN and the OSCE, on non-traditional security issues such as cyber security, climate change and engaging civil society in the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Thailand and ASEAN (both among the 10 Member States themselves and between ASEAN and interested outside parties) have undertaken good work in the aforementioned areas. This includes the pursuit of the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model and advocating public-private-people partnerships in Thailand as well as ASEAN’s work in countering the use of ICTs for criminal purposes. The two organizations should, therefore, consider exploring more direct engagement and joint activities going forward to support comprehensive security for the people of both regions.
The OSCE is a consultative forum that focuses on enhancing preventive diplomacy and early warning systems to settle and prevent conflicts and crises in Europe. The OSCE’s mandate is to promote a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses the politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. Thailand values the OSCE as an open policy space for the exchange of experiences and best practices in security-related matters which, in and of themselves, are valuable confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs) between nations.
กรมยุโรป กระทรวงการต่างประเทศ Department of European Affairs