VIENNA, 6 November 2013 – Representatives from the 57 OSCE participating States, civil society and international organizations will meet in Vienna tomorrow to open a two-day conference on the Implementation of the OSCE Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti.
The meeting, which has been organized jointly by the Ukrainian 2013 OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), will mark the 10th anniversary of the Action Plan and will present ODIHR’s 2013 Status Report on its implementation. The participating States will discuss lessons learned from past integration initiatives and explore further measures needed to improve the situation of Roma and Sinti.
Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk, Chairperson of the OSCE Permanent Council and Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE, and Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, ODIHR Director, will make opening remarks.
The keynote speaker at the meeting will be Lívia Járóka, the only Roma Member of the European Parliament and the Vice-chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
The agenda and further information are available at: http://www.osce.org/odihr/106276
Journalists are invited to attend the opening session of the conference from 15:00 to 16:00 on 7 November 2013 in the Neuer Saal of the Hofburg Congress Centre.
For further information contact:
Lauren Baranowska, OSCE/ODIHR, +48 695 916 998, email@example.com