The voice of the youth

In order to counteract the risk of further alienation and a lack of communication between societies in Europe, we need to strengthen transnational exchange between societies and to actively involve civil society. This is why the German Chairmanship will maintain close contact with stakeholders from civil society on all areas of the OSCE agenda, with a focus on fostering youth exchange and young people's political participation.

Die Jugendbeauftragten des deutschen OSZE-Vorsitzes Enlarge image (© AA) The German Chairmanship will also build on initiatives by Switzerland and Serbia to involve young people. In order to strengthen young people's voice in the OSCE, three Special Representatives on Youth and Security from the Troika countries of Serbia, Germany and Austria have been appointed. In addition, Germany will support two European Youth Parliament forums and hold a two-part Young Leaders Conference for young decision-makers from politics, business and civil society in cooperation with private foundations. A closing event with young people from all over the OSCE area will be held towards the end of the German Chairmanship. Ideally, this will include members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.


#OSCEyouth - from participation to more security

As recognized in 2015 Ministerial Declaration on Youth and Security - young people have a role to play in supporting participating States in implementing OSCE commitments in all three dimensions of the OSCE. The ‘potential of young people to contribute to economic, political and social development’, was as well reaffirmed in another Ministerial Declaration on Youth, adopted a year before.

Young Leader Conference

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.

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The two Youth Representatives of the Chairmanship Paul Steiner and Milena Stosic

Second International Forum of the European Youth Parliament on OSCE topics concluded

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.

In the Austrian MFA the participants attended lectures on a variety of topics

"The Future of the OSCE" in Vienna

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.


OSCE Deutschland 2016


The German OSCE Chairmanship in 2016 is focusing in particular on the young generation by supportintg the youth participation within the OSCE.

Side event on Youth and Security at #HDIM2016

At the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2016 in Warsaw the Special Representatives of the OSCE Chairmanship-in-Office on Youth and Security organize a side event. On 29 September, 08:15 hrs in Meeting Room 2  they will discuss with other interesting panelists “Youth inclusion and the OSCE: furthering security and cooperation”. Here you can download an info-flyer on the event.