Starting on January 1, 2013, Ukraine assumes the chairmanship of the 57-member Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

During its chairmanship, Ukraine will make every effort to settle protracted conflicts, strengthen the control over the conventional arms and the fight against human trafficking, reduce the impact of energy sector on the environment and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

Ukraine will also focus on the consolidation of the efforts of member states in the field of arms control.

Ukraine will also promote the fight against human trafficking and support the freedom of speech.

In November of 2010, the OSCE decided to elect Ukraine as a chairman of the organization in 2013.

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