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

Germany's OSCE Presidency in 2016

Evaluation of Germany’s implementation of OSCE commitments

During its Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2016, Germany arranged for an independent evaluation to be carried out on the status of its own implementation of OSCE commitments in the human Dimension. more

About the OSCE

"We need a strong OSCE in order to resolve conflicts"

In his speech in Vienna to present the programme for the German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said Germany was taking on this role in stormy times. more


The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) was preceded by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), which adopted the Helsinki Final Act at its Summit in 1975. more

OSCE institutions

Alongside the traditional role of the predecessor organisation, the CSCE, as a forum for political consultation and negotiation, the remit of the OSCE has expanded in the last ten years due to many domestic and inter‑ethnic conflicts and now includes new functions in the field of early warning, conflict prevention and post‑conflict peacebuilding. more

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