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The Madrid Declaration on Environment and Security and the Decision on Water Management
Environmental Security at the 15th OSCE Ministerial Council in Madrid, 29 and 30 November 2007
30 November 2007
Environment and security featured prominently on the agenda of the 15th OSCE ministerial council held in Madrid on 29 and 30 November. Discussions on the subject have eventually resulted in a decision on water management and the Madrid Declaration on Environment and Security.
The Madrid Declaration on Environment and Security calls for intensified cooperation in the area of environment and security in the OSCE region. It acknowledges that environmental factors such as soil degradation and climate change can be a potential additional contributor to conflict and signals that environmental cooperation could be a useful tool in diminishing tensions and preventing conflicts.
The declaration also refers to the OSCE Action Plan on the Threats and Opportunities in the Area of Environment and Security, which was noted but not formally adopted.
The Spanish Chairmanship nevertheless called the Madrid Declaration on Environment and Security truly pioneering: ?since the OSCE becomes the first International Organization to recognize at Ministerial level the link between both concepts and to devote a whole document to this issue. This innovative approach to the environment and the involvement of the OSCE in one of the most important topics on the global agenda, climate change, opens a promising niche for the future work of the Organization.?
According to the Spanish presidency the Decision on the Follow-Up to the Fifteenth Economic and Environmental Forum on Water Management marked the first time that this sensitive and strategic topic finds consensus in the OSCE.
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