Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Jun 19, 2020

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The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest regional security organization that provides an inclusive platform for dialogue and action on security issues around the globe, ranging from hard security issues (such as conflict prevention and arms control) to fostering economic development and the sustainable use of natural resources.
The OSCE has 57 members states across Europe, Asia, and North America and was first established in 1975 at the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; this venue is where the Helsinki Final Act was signed, which outlined 10 principles for governing policy relations between member states. All participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically (not legally) binding basis.

The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects that addresses a wide range of security-related concerns: arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities.

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