1. Holocaust-Gedenktag Day of Remembrance
  2. 24. OSZE Ministerrat in Wien
  3. Moldauisches Dorf Substantial progress in Transdniestrian settlement talks

Day of Remembrance

Press release on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism

24. OSZE Ministerrat in Wien

From 7 to 8 December 2017, OSCE Foreign Ministers met in Vienna, Austria, for the annual Ministerial Council, to consider issues relevant to the organization and take the appropriate decisions.

Moldauisches Dorf

Substantial progress in Transdniestrian settlement talks

At a meeting of the 5+2 talks on the Transdniestrian Settlement Process in Vienna, political representatives from Chisinau and Tiraspol confirmed progress on several of the eight issues previously identified by the Sides, and made a commitment to finalize the remaining issues at the beginning of next year.

Germany assumes chairmanship of the OSCE Asian Partnership

Germany holds the chairmanship of the OSCE Asian Partnership in 2017. Germany’s programme for this year includes five meetings of the OSCE’s 57 participating States at ambassador level with the five partners for co-operation from the Asia-Pacific region (Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Thailand), as well as a large OSCE Asian Conference in June 2017.

German Security Council candidature logo

Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former 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.

Making the most of common opportunities: OSCE and Asian partners convene at the Federal Foreign Office

The world has shrunk. Political, economic and social developments do not stop at national borders. It is therefore all the more important to foster exchange platforms in order to be able to deal with global challenges. On Monday and Tuesday (19 and 20 June), the OSCE and its partners are gathering for an Asian Conference at the Federal Foreign Office.

Helmut Kohl

Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said today (June 16) on the passing of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl:

"He was a great statesman, a great German politician and above all a great European. He did not only do such a lot for German reunification, but also for the integration of Europe. That is his great l...

OSZE-Beobachter in der Nähe von Mariupol: Deutschland unterstützt die Mission

Killing of an OSCE observer in eastern Ukraine

On 23 April a monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) died and two others suffered injuries in eastern Ukraine. Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Gabriel reacted to these developments with expressions of condolences and declaration of support for the work of the SMM.

Statement by Chancellor Merkel

Statement by FM Gabriel

Statement by FM Gabriel in Ukrainian language

High-resolution thermal imaging cameras for the OSCE SMM

Germany supports OSCE SMM with new cameras

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.

SR Erler

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.

Dynamics of Integration in the OSCE area: National Minorities and Bridge Building

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.

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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

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Energy Efficiency Award 2017

Energy Efficiency Award 2017: Companies can apply now

The international energy efficiency competition of the Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena) - German Energy Agency has the motto "The Makers of Energy Transition " this year. Private and public companies are invited to submit their projects and concepts by 15 July 2017, which have a special impact on the practical implementation of the energy conversion. You can find all the information you need to enter for free at

Global Media Forum 2017

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.

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Green Talents Award

Since 2009 the Federal Ministry for Education and Research has been organising the "Green Talents - International Forum for High-Potentials in Sustainable Development". Young Scientists from all over the world are invited to apply for one of the 25 vacancies from 10 April to 23 May 2017. Guiding theme for this year's forum will be „Sustainable Production and Consumption“.


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