Opening of the first working sessions in all dimensions of the OSCE
First OSCE Security Committee in the year of the German Chairmanship
Ambassador Pohl opens the first working session
On 18 January 2016, Ambassador Pohl opened the first working session of the OSCE Security Committee. The administration of the Security Committee rests with the Romanian OSCE Ambassador, Cristian Istrate, who was confirmed in this function by the German Chairmanship at the beginning of this year.
The Security Committee is dedicated to non-military threats, so called “Transnational Threats”, and is one of the instruments of the OSCE’s First Dimension.
Here, representatives of different states discuss current issues and themes in terms of security policy and seek to find practical solutions and means of improving capabilities.
The focal points of the German OSCE Chairmanship for the Security Committee are the fight against terrorism, migration, and confidence-building measures for information and communication technologies (Cyber).
First Working Session of the Human Dimension Committee
On 19 January Ambassador Pohl opened the first working session of the Human Dimension Committee. Here you can download the speech given by Ambassador Pohl on this occasion.
Speech by Ambassador Pohl at HDC [pdf, 287.8k]
Opening of the first working session of the Economic and Environmental Committee
On 22 January 2016, H.E. Ambassador Eberhard Pohl opened this year’s first working session of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Committee. Greek OSCE Ambassador Andreas Papadakis has been head of the committee since summer 2015 and will continue to chair its meetings this year. Ambassador Pohl used the opening session to present the German Chairmanship programme for the second dimension to the delegations of all participating States.
Opening of the first working session of the EEC
In the area of the economy and environment, the focus this year will be on good governance and connectivity. Under the slogan “Good Governance”, the Economic and Environmental Forum will thus work on improving the parameters for economic exchange and investments and address challenges in the area of the environment and migration, as well as the fight against corruption. Furthermore, the German OSCE Chairmanship will create impetus for closer economic exchange in the OSCE area under the slogan “sustainable connectivity” and work towards the reduction of obstacles to cross-border cooperation. Important topic areas include transport and infrastructure, migration, access to labour markets and customs cooperation. The overall aim is that economic and environmental subjects play an even greater role in confidence-building and cooperation in the OSCE area in the future.