Institutions & Structures
Economic and environmental activities
Economic and environmental considerations represent an important element of the OSCE’s approach to security. To tackle challenges in this area, the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and his Office co-operate on the ground with field officers; organize an annual Economic and Environmental Forum; and hold a yearly Implementation Meeting to assess progress and identify future priorities. The Office works closely with the Organization's Chairmanship and under the guidance of the Economic and Environmental Committee, a body of representatives of the OSCE's participating States. Dr. Halil Yurdakul Yigitgüden, formerly Under-Secretary of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and an expert on energy, water and mining policy, has served as Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities since February 2013. The activities in this area stretch from anti-money laundering, transport security, migration, developing more efficient border and customs policies, water management, controlling dangerous waste through to climate change, sustainable energy and involving the public in decisions affecting the environment. With other international partners, the OSCE is also an active member of the Environment and Security Initiative.