VIENNA, 7 April 2008 - The OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, will address the Organization's Permanent Council on Thursday.
Stubb was appointed as Foreign Minister of Finland on 4 April, succeeding Ilkka Kanerva. The Foreign Minister of the country holding the Chairmanship serves as the OSCE's Chairman-in-Office.
Priorities of the 2008 Finnish OSCE Chairmanship include progress towards resolving the region's protracted conflicts, enhancing engagement with Afghanistan as well as co-operation on maritime and inland waterways, combating trafficking in human beings, promoting tolerance and non-discrimination and gender equality.
The Permanent Council is the Organization's main regular decision-making body.
Journalists are invited to listen to the speech at 10.30, on Thursday, 10 April, in the Hofburg Conference Centre's Neuer Saal. Minister Stubb will hold a news conference in room 201 upon leaving the Neuer Saal.
For further details on the Finnish OSCE Chairmanship, please see www.osce.org/cio
For admittance to the Hofburg Conference Centre, please bring your OSCE badge or a valid press card to the security desk (main entrance from the Heldenplatz). Parking is available for the press during the event in the OSCE-reserved parking area on Heldenplatz. Temporary parking permits must be collected from the security desk.