Archive: OSCE Chairmanship 2016
The „Future of the OSCE“ was at the heart of the second part of the conference with young decision makers from 4-6 October organized by the German Delegation in cooporation with the Zeit-Stiftung.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier opens OSCE human rights conference
On Monday (19 September) Federal Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier travelled to Warsaw, where he opened the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in his capacity as Chairperson‑in‑Office of the organisation. This year the conference is focusing on a number of issues that are also of high priority to the German OSCE Chairmanship. These include tolerance and non-discrimination, freedom of assembly and association as well a freedom of the Media and countering propaganda. Upon his arrival in Warsaw, Foreign Minister Steinmeier said that the event was the largest human rights conference in Europe.
OSCE Conference at the Federal Foreign Office: Steinmeier calls for tolerance and diversity
An international Conference on Tolerance and Diversity took place at the Federal Foreign Office on 20 October under the auspices of the German Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The conference was opened by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and General Music Director Daniel Barenboim. In his opening speech, Steinmeier urged people to see diversity and cooperation primarily as an “opportunity”.
Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Ukraine
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier travelled to Ukraine on 14 September for a two-day visit together with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault. The Foreign Ministers’ itinerary included a visit to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. The trip focused on the situation in the east of the country. During the Ministers’ meeting with President Poroshenko at the beginning of their visit, he told them that he agreed to a new ceasefire.
On 9 September 2016, the Conference “Internet Freedom: a constant factor of democratic security in Europe” was held in Strasburg, co-organized by the Estonian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, the German OSCE Chairmanship and by the Council of Europe.
OSCE-Conference on human trafficking held at the Federal Foreign Ministry
Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship, today opened a conference entitled Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation in Supply Chains, which is being held under the auspices of the German OSCE Chairmanship. The event aims to enhance coordination between governments, economic stakeholders and civil society in the fight against global trafficking in human beings.
United against anti-Gypsyism
On 6 September, the Federal Foreign Office held a conference at the Federal Foreign Office in conjunction with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Council of Europe and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. Under the title “Confronting Anti-Gypsyism. The Role of Political Leaders in Countering Discrimination, Racism, Hate Crimes and Violence Against Roma and Sinti Communities”, parliamentarians, experts, as well as representatives of government and civil society from around Europe discussed the challenge of the continuing discrimination against Sinti and Roma and ways of tackling it together.
In 2016, the German Chairmanship of the OSCE has supported the implementation of two large-scale youth events through the network of the Schwarzkopf Foundation and its biggest project, the European Youth Parliament (EYP). The two so-called International Forums of the EYP centered on topics according to the priorities set forward by the chairmanship, and brought together 150 youngsters aged 15 to 26 from OSCE countries.
Video: The OSCE as Mediator
On 6 July the conference "The OSCE as Mediator" took place in Berlin. Here you can watch a video with some impressions of the conference and statements by the participants.
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From 28 to 30 June, the three-day Annual Security Review Conference organised by the German Chairmanship was held in Vienna. It was attended by more than 400 high-ranking representatives from OSCE participating States who gathered to discuss security policy questions. In numerous events and discussions with high-profile panellists, the participants were able to find out more about security policy today and in the future and exchange views.
“A challenge we must all tackle together”: international counter‑terrorism conference at the Federal Foreign Office
The international counter‑terrorism conference, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalisation that Lead to Terrorism, took place at the Federal Foreign Office on 31 May and 1 June. The conference has been organised under Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship. The focus of the two‑day event is on measures to prevent radicalisation and extremism, but also on how to deal with returning extremists and their reintegration into society.
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Foreign Minister Steinmeier opened the two‑day OSCE conference Connectivity for Commerce and Investment at the Federal Foreign Office on Wednesday (18 May). The objective of the event was to explore opportunities for improved trade and investment opportunities in order to strengthen business relations in the OSCE area. The conference brought together representatives from the worlds of politics, business and civil society from different regions and economic systems in some 70 countries and was held as part of Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship.
Steinmeier meets with the Minsk Group to discuss how to resolve the Nagorno‑Karabakh conflict
On 20 April Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier met the co‑chairs of the Minsk Group of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe) and the Personal Representative of the Chairperson‑in‑Office for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Ambassador Andrzej Kasprzyk. The talks focused on investigating ways to resolve the conflict following the recent escalation of fighting in the region at the beginning of April.
The Future of the OSCE
The conference “The Future of the OSCE” was hosted by the German Chairmanship of the OSCE and was an opportunity for young decision-makers from more than 25 OSCE countries to meet in the Federal Foreign Office on 6 and 7 April. They gathered proposals on how to tackle the many different challenges in the OSCE area and how to increase the organisation’s ability to act. “The Future of the OSCE” was the focus of a two‑day conference hosted by the German 2016 OSCE Chairmanship in the Federal Foreign Office on 6 and 7 April in cooperation with the ZEIT‑Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. The almost 60 participants from more than 25 OSCE participating States were welcomed in person by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Steinmeier at UN Security Council and US Helsinki Commission
Foreign Minister and Chairperson-in-Office Frank-Walter Steinmeier crossed the Atlantic Ocean for a three day visit from 28 February to 1 March. He held political talks in New York and Washington, focusing on close bilateral coordination of urgent foreign policy issues with US Secretary of State John Kerry and the German OSCE Chairmanship, among others. In this context, Steinmeier presented the OSCE Chairmanship Programme to the UN Security Council (New York, 29 February) and engaged in discussions with the US Helsinki Commission in Washington (1 March).
High-ranking military officers, including several chiefs of defence staff from the OSCE participating States, gathered in Vienna on 16 and 17 February to talk about modifications to their military doctrines in the present security environment. The High-Level Military Doctrine Seminar was organised by the Netherlands, which chairs the Forum for Security Co-Operation.
The war in Syria, failed governance in Libya and the outstanding issues of the Minsk Agreement were three of the main topics on the agenda of the 52nd Munich Security Conference. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who welcomed the audience both in his capacity as German Foreign Minister and as OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, highlighted the importance of an institution like the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in these “turbulent times”.
First Preparatory Meeting of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum on “Good Governance” under German Chairmanship
The First Preparatory Meeting of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum under German Chairmanship took place on 25-26 January in Vienna. The main topic was good environmental governance and enabling sustainable economic development.
Opening of the first working sessions in all three dimensions of the OSCE
In the third calendar week Ambassador Eberhard Pohl opened the first working sessions in the three dimensions of the OSCE and thereby presented the German programme for the respective areas. The sessions are headed by the Romanian OSCE Ambassador Cristian Istrate (First Dimension), the Finnish OSCE Ambassador Katja Pehrman (Second Dimension) and the Greek OSCE Ambassador Andreas Papdakis (Third Dimension).
To mark Germany’s Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2016, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the OSCE has sponsored a “book” at the Austrian National Library (ÖNB), the location of the Welcoming Reception for the German OSCE Chairmanship on 14 January.The sponsorship certificate was presented to OSCE Chairperson in Office, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on 14 January during his visit to Vienna by Dr Johanna Rachinger, the General Director of the ÖNB