German OSCE Chairmanship 2016
In 2016, Germany had the responsible task of holding the OSCE Chairmanship. The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in 2016 was the then German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He was assisted by the Special Representative of the Federal Government for the OSCE Chairmanship, Gernot Erler. Gernot Erler will remain our OSCE Special Representative in 2017. Germany’s OSCE Ambassador Eberhard Pohl headed the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna during Germany’s Chairmanship
On 20 March 2017 three cameras that Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had pledged to provide during his most recent visit to Ukraine were handed over to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine.
These cameras, which are worth 172,000 euros, are part of the support that Germany is giving to the Mission in the form of equipment, specialist personnel and training.
"We need the OSCE to be continuously present along the line of contact, and we need it to have good situational awareness", said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Crisis in and around Ukraine: Concern over secessionist tendencies
The German government has expressed its "serious concern" over the most recent developments in eastern Ukraine. They clearly contradict both the spirit and the letter of the Minsk agreements, stressed federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert and Federal Foreign Office Martin Schäfer spokesperson in Berlin.
First official trips of Foreign Minister Gabriel to Kyiv and Moscow
During his visit to Kyiv on 2 March 2017 German FM Gabriel met monitors of the OSCE SMM and announced the German hardware support.
(© Thomas trutschel / photothek)
On 2 March 2017 Foreign Minister Gabriel travelled to Kyiv, where he met with officials to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Also, Gabriel visited the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) and paid tribute to its important work.
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(© Thomas Imo / photothek)
On 9 March Gabriel travelled to Moscow to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Lavrov and with President Putin, too. Also there, the implementation of the Minsk agreements played an important role. After the meetings Gabriel said there was agreement that the work of the SMM should be strengthened.
read more on the trip to Russia
Speech by Germany's OSCE Special Representative Gernot Erler at the UN Security Council
On 21 February 2017 the issue of conflicts in Europe was discussed at the UN Security Council in New York, which convened under Ukrainian Chairmanship. In this context, the German OSCE Special Representative Gernot Erler delivered a speech in which he called for close cooperation between the UN and regional organisations in order to improve conflict prevention and settlement. He urged all participants to the meeting to solve conflicts on the basis of international law and OSCE commitments. Find here the text of the full speech.
Speech by Special Representative Erler at the UN Security Council [pdf, 227.81k]
In December 2016 the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) published a report on the integration of national minorities in the OSCE area and their bridge-building potential. The project was developed at the request of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) in response to the priorities set by the 2016 German OSCE Chairmanship.
Evaluation Report: Human Rights in Germany
During the OSCE Chairmanship Germany made an independent evaluation of the implementation of OSCE-committments in the Human Dimension. With that it followed the examples by the Swiss (2014) and Serbian (2015) Chairmanships.
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2017
Every spring the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue brings together key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world. This year, the dialogue takes place from March 20-21.
Global Media Forum 2017
Protecting and promoting media freedom is one of the key issues of the Human Dimension of the OSCE. Controverial subjects such as hate-speech, fake news or decreasing freedom of the media are in the focus of many events. A main role is occupied by the OSCE Representative for the Freedom of the Media.
Hence we would like to raise attention to this year's Global Media Forum organized by the Deutsche Welle and supported by the Federal Foreign Office. This major conference confronts the current challenges for reliable and courageous media coverage. Cover Topic of the GMF 2017 is "Identity and Diversity". Media registration starts on 1 April 2017.
Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.
Germany’s candidacy on the Security Council