Organs, institutions and instruments

Generalsekretär der OSZE Lamberto Zannier

OSCE Secretary General

The Secretary General (since July 2011 Ambassador Lamberto Zannier from Italy) supports the Chairperson-in-Office and heads the OSCE Secretariat.

Astrid Thors, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

The High Commissioner on National Minorities

This OSCE Institution is headed by the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) Astrid Thors (Finland). The High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) gets involved in a situation if, in her judgement, there are tensions involving national minorities which could develop into a conflict.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) is the most recent OSCE institution, as it was created in 1997. The Representative’s activities can be divided into two groups: observing media developments as part of an early warning function and helping participating States abide by their commitments to freedom of expression and free media.

ODIHR_Logo

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is one of the world’s principal regional human rights bodies. Based in Warsaw, Poland, ODIHR is active throughout Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America.

Arms Control

Arms Control

The OSCE is the anchor of conventional arms control and military transparency as well as confidence-building in Europe. Its Forum for Security Co-operation, which meets weekly and holds annual Implementation Assessment Meetings, is responsible for monitoring compliance with the various OSCE instruments for arms control and confidence and security-building measures (CSBMs) as well as for the development of future concepts.

environment

Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities

The Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and his Office co-operate on the ground with field officers; organize an annual Economic and Environmental Forum; and hold a yearly Implementation Meeting to assess progress and identify future priorities.

Place des Nations in Geneva, close to the headquarters of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration

OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration

The Court of Conciliation and Arbitration, which is based in Geneva, provides a mechanism for the peaceful settlement of disputes between States. The Court was established in 1995 by the Convention on Conciliation and Arbitration.

Organs, institutions and instruments

OSZE-Sekretariat in Wien, Wallnerstrasse 6, 1010 Wien

IDEAS: Initiative for the Development of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Security Community

In order to strengthen the participation of academic institutions in security policy discussions, together with France, Poland and Russia, Germany announced the establishment of IDEAS: Initiative for the Development of a Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Security Community.

Homepage Centre for OSCE Research (CORE)

OSCE-Network

In 2013, IDEAS was expanded by further scientific institutes from different OSCE participating countries. The new network is called the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions. It is currently headed by Dr Wolfgang Zellner from the Centre for OSCE Research (CORE) in Hamburg.

Homepage OSCE-Network