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Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 – “Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

On 1 January 2016 Germany has assumed the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (OSCE) and is therefore be responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has presented the details of the Chairmanship’s programme to the 57 OSCE participating States in Vienna on 14 January 2016.

This is the second time Germany has headed the world’s largest regional security organisation; the previous time was back in 1991. Foreign Minister Steinmeier leads the OSCE as “Chairperson-in-Office”. Germany is beging assisted by the OSCE Secretariat, headed by Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, and the so‑called OSCE Troika, comprising the current, previous (Serbia) and incoming (Austria) Chairmanships.

The highlight of Germany’s Chairmanship will be the Ministerial Council in Hamburg on 8/9 December 2016.

Germany’s Chairmanship focuses on the following areas:

  • continued crisis and conflict management in and around Ukraine and in the other unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area;
  • strengthening the OSCE’s capabilities in the entire conflict cycle, i.e. early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post‑conflict peacebuilding;
  • strengthening the OSCE as a platform for dialogue, for instance on questions of pan‑European security, confidence‑ and security-building measures and defence against common threats;
  • sustainable promotion of connectivity and good governance in the OSCE area;
  • particular focus on the human dimension to safeguard joint commitments regarding human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016
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Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016

Strengthen the tradition of equal dialogue

Prior to assuming the Chairmanship, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said Germany wanted to durably strengthen the OSCE and its tradition of an equal dialogue among all participating States. This was the only way, he said, to rebuild lost trust and restore security on the European continent in the long term. This was all the truer against the background of the conflict in Ukraine, in which the OSCE had proved its outstanding importance and indispensability.

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Last updated 14.01.2016

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