30 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

IIASA at the OSCE Regional Ministerial Conference in Turkmenistan

IIASA contributes to the discussions of the OSCE Regional Ministerial Conference “Good Governance and Economic Connectivity – best practices within OSCE region”, organized under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Government of Turkmenistan.

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OSCE Regional Ministerial Conference “Good Governance and Economic Connectivity – best practices within the OSCE region” took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 30 and 31 May 2018. It brought together high-level policymakers, representatives of international organizations, including World Customs Organization, United Nation Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Development Programme, UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, leading experts.

IIASA, building on its continued cooperation with the OSCE and through its science-diplomacy mandate, provided scientific contribution to the discussions of the Conference. Dr. Nadejda Komendantova, IIASA Research Scholar, addressed the esteemed panel with the speech on successful initiatives and best practices in the area of energy infrastructural projects. In particular, she presented research papers “Of transitions and models: Community engagement, democracy, and empowerment in the Austrian energy transition” and “New Governance Challenges and Conflicts of the Energy Transition: Renewable Electricity Generation and Transmission as Contested Socio-technical Options”.

Among eminent speakers of the Conference were H.E. Batyr Bazarov, Minister of Finance and Economy, Turkmenistan; H.E. Mastoor Mohammad Mustafa, Minister of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; Ambassador Vuk Žugić, Co-ordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities; Ambassador Diego Ungaro, Italian Chairmanship in Office, Embassy of Italy in Turkmenistan; Ambassador Claude Wild, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE and to the UN Office and other international organizations in Vienna; Ambassador Alexander Blokhin, Embassy of Russia in Turkmenistan; Ambassador Florian Raunig, Head of Department, Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs - representative of the OSCE Trojka; and many others.

The Conference concentrated on the following main topics:
- Good governance as a driver for economic growth;
- Digitalization of economies as an impetus to connectivity;
- Role of trade facilitation measures in strengthening good governance and economic connectivity;
- New technologies/innovations for secure transport management; and
- Public-private partnerships in energy infrastructural and sustainable transportation projects.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.


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Nadejda Komendantova

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Sergey Sizov

Science Diplomacy Officer Communications and External Relations Department

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)


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