German Chairmanship of the OSCE Security Committee in 2010/2011
For more than a decade the OSCE as the world´s largest regional organization has made targeted contributions to countering new “trans-national” threats and challenges, beyond traditional confidence- and security building measures in the politico-military field.In their conclusions during the OSCE Summit meeting 2010 in Astana, the Heads of State and Government of the participating States have explicitly recognized these contributions and called for further efforts in this regard.
In areas such as countering terrorism, illegal trafficking of drugs and human beings, other forms of organized crime, capacity building for modern and democratic police forces and promotion of border security and –management the OSCE assists, complements, amplifies and promotes efforts both by participating States and by international actors, in particular the United Nations, at regional and sub-regional level like in Central Asia or in the Western Balkans. New challenges like cyber-security and nuclear non-proliferation require increased attention.
The OSCE´s activities cover, for example, multilateral exchange of best-practices and standards in law-enforcement, training at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe or introduction of modern data-bases for national border and police authorities.
While drawing on her comprehensive concept of security that includes aspects of human rights, the rule of law as well as economic aspects, and on her large geographical area the OSCE offers a unique and and flexible regional platform for joint efforts to counter trans-national security threats.
Germany as Chair of the OSCE Security Committee since the beginning of 2010 is particularly committed to support the further development and consolidation of the various contributions of the OSCE to international endeavours in countering trans-national threats and challenges