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Germany’s Chairmanship in Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ‘OSCE’ 2016

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016





On January first 2016 Germany assumed  the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)  and is now responsible for steering the Organization safely through the stormy tides of crises and challenges in 2016. This is the second time that Germany has headed the world’s largest Regional Security Organisation, the previous time was in 1991.

Germany’s Chairmanship focuses on the following areas:

•Continuing conflict-crisis management in and around Ukraine and in the other unresolved conflicts in the OSCE area;
•Strengthening the OSCE’s capabilities in the entire conflict cycle, i.e. early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post‑conflict Peacebuilding;
•Strengthening the OSCE as a platform for dialogue, for instance on questions of pan‑European security, confidence‑ and security-building measures and Defence against common threats;
•Sustainable promotion of connectivity and good Governance in the OSCE area;
•Particular focus on the Human dimension to safeguard joint commitments regarding Human Rights and the fundamental Freedom. 2016 ©Federal Foreign Office

The Permanent Diplomatic Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OSCE is in Vienna . And Federal Foreign Minister Dr.Frank-Walter Steinmeier  leads the OSCE as The Chairperson-in-Office.

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October 2016

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship in 2016/11

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016

On September 19, Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank‑Walter Steinmeier inaugurated in Warsaw, the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as the Chairperson‑in‑Office of the organisation.                                                                                                                             

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting is the largest Human Rights conference in Europe. It has been held annually since 1993 which brings together a large number of participants, comprising OSCE participating states and partners, representatives of international organisations and members of civil society. Described by German Federal Foreign Office, September 19, 2016

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June 2016

The German OSCE Chairmanship on Counter-Terrorism-2

Under the Leadership of Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship, the OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization took place in Berlin, from 31 May – 1. June 2016.   

Watch the opening Session of the Conference, speaking of H.E Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, H.E Interior Minister Dr. Thomas de Maizière,  and  H.E OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier,  May 31, 2016.



May  2016

The German OSCE Chairmanship on Counter-Terrorism-1

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship, the Foreign Office and Federal Ministry of the Interior to host a Counter-Terrorism Conference in  Berlin  from 31 May- 1 June 2016

The announcement by Spokesperson of the German OSCE Chairmanship on May 26 indicates:

 Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016

“OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Foreign Minister of  Germany Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier,  Minister of  Interior Dr. Thomas de Maizière,  and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier are to open a two-day OSCE–wide Counter-Terrorism Conference in Berlin on 31 May 2016, which will bring together more than 300 experts from across the OSCE region.”  May 26, 2016 © the  Spokesperson of the German OSCE Chairmanship                     view the announcement 


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May 2016

Germany’s OSCE Chairmanship and its stance on ‘World Press Freedom Day’

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016



Statement by OSCE Chairperson- in-Office  Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier on May 3rd  The World Press Freedom Day:

“Today, we pay tribute to journalists worldwide who brave violence, persecution and intimidation to record and report the truth.

Free, independent media are an indispensable cornerstone of free and democratic societies. The OSCE has a crucial role to play in setting and upholding common standards to promote this principle.

Times of conflict are, unfortunately, also times of propaganda and of distorted images. That is why as OSCE Chairmanship Germany is putting a special focus on freedom of the media and on how to ensure access to independent information in times of crisis.”

© Federal Foreign Office May 3, 2016

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May 2016

Germany Leadership in OSCE 2016

                       Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier OSCE 20162016 ©OSCE/Jonathan Perfect

Interview with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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Entretien avec Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Président en exercice de l’OSCE




April 2016

Germany’s OSCE Leadership on recent ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016


In reaction to the current violation of ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine and the growing incidents involving OSCE Monitors, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his concern by stating:

The SMM is a civilian, unarmed mission. It is instrumental for supporting the implementation of the ceasefire. The safety and security of SMM monitors must be assured by the sides. Those responsible for threatening or using force against the monitors must be held accountable.”  Berlin 27 April 2016 © Germany‘s OSCE Chairmanship 2016/Federal Foreign Office    Continue to read 

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Briefing by the OSCE Chairperson-in-office  Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the UN  Security Council, 7635th meeting  Feb, 29, 2016



April 2016

Germany’s Leadership on the Future of the OSCE

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016  “The Future of the OSCE”  was the focus of a two‑day conference hosted by the German 2016 OSCE Chairmanship in the Federal Foreign Office on 6 and 7 April in cooperation with the ZEIT‑Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. The almost 60 participants from more than 25 OSCE participating States were welcomed by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.  April 8, 2016 © Federal Foreign Office

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March 2016

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr.Frank-Walter Steinmeier Chairperman of OSCE 2016 The Head of OSCE, Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, during a press conference, Vienna, 14 January 2016© OSCE

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Speeches and statements by 2016 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr.Frank-Walter Steinmeier




February 2016

 Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016 Briefing by the OSCE Chairperson-in-office  Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier  at the UN  Security Council, 7635th meeting  Feb, 29, 2016




February 2016

Germany’s OSCE Presidency 2016The mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM)  was extended for one more year until  March 31, 2017.

Approving the extended mandate the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Germany’s Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier elaborated: 

“We have thereby ensured that the SMM can continue to perform and enlarge its important role in stabilizing the ceasefire in implementation of the Minsk accords.” February 18, 2016 © OSCE 

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