Priorities of the German Chairmanship

“Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security”

This triad defines the key priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016.

On this occasion German Foreign Minister Steinmeier declared:

"For our OSCE Chairmanship, we have set ourselves ambitions tasks: The year 2016 ushered in the German OSCE Chairmanship. Enlarge image (© Photothek / Colourbox / Federal Foreign Office) It is important to me that we work hard to renew dialogue – while not shying away from calling breaches of OSCE principles and international law by its name. We have to do what is in our power to rebuild the trust in Europe that has been lost. Only on the basis of trust will we once again be able to achieve a stable security order in Europe. I will gladly put my efforts as Chairman in Office behind this goal.

Achieving a political solution to the conflict in and around Ukraine will continue to be a top priority in 2016. For the last two years we have seen that the OSCE can provide essential instruments for de-escalation. We must continue on that path. Germany will contribute its full determination and capacity to taking.

In 2016, Germany will organize a series of events aimed at facilitating co-operation in the many different fields of OSCE work and action to lead up to the Ministerial Council in Hamburg in December. Hamburg's harbour Enlarge image Harbour view of the City of Hamburg (© photohek) This includes advancing joint answers to transnational threats such as international terrorism and radicalization, continuing the dialogue on arms control and confidence building measures, and promoting sustainable connectivity and good governance. In the field of human rights, we will pay particular attention to safeguarding the commitments within the OSCE area and to improving their implementation. In these times of challenges and fundamental changes to our societies we should give particular attention to tolerance and non-discrimination, inside and among all participating States."

Priorities of the German Chairmanship

OSCE Deutschland 2016

The Priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016


"Renewing dialogue, rebuilding trust, restoring security" - These are the priorities of the German OSCE Chairmanship, which are explained in detail in this brochure:

Project: OSCE Evaluation Report

Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

The German Foreign Office assigned the German Institute for Human Rights to evaluate how OSCE committments in the field of human rights and democracy are implemented in Germany. The independent report will focus on different subjects and will be tabled in June 2016. The German Government and the civil society are asked to comment on the report.

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