Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest regional organization which consists of 57 States of Europe, Central Asia and North America.
The OSCE mandate covers a wide range of issues within the politico-military, economic and environmental and human dimensions. All decisions within the OSCE are taken by consensus, and all participating states have an equal status.
The OSCE's comprehensive approach to security and a wide range of participants make the Organization an important and unique international forum for political dialogue.
The Republic of Belarus has been a full-fledged participant of the OSCE since January 30, 1992. Since 1992, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the OSCE has been operating in Vienna (Austria).
Belarus takes an active part in the Organization's activities within the framework of its substantive and subsidiary bodies, including the OSCE Permanent Council and its Committees, the Forum for Security Cooperation, as well as the Joint Consultative Group and the Open Skies Consultative Commission – the negotiation bodies of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Force in Europe and the Treaty on Open Skies.
Within the OSCE, Belarus supports activities to combat transnational threats and challenges, human trafficking.
The Republic of Belarus consistently advocates strengthening the OSCE's potential for conflict resolution. Since 2014, Belarus has been providing the necessary assistance in the process of settling the Ukrainian crisis, including by providing a platform for regular meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group and its working subgroups, and supporting the activities of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.
Belarus’ representatives work in the OSCE Secretariat, its' institutions and field missions.
The international conference “Preventing and Countering Terrorism in the Digital Age” took place in Minsk (October 9-10, 2018) under the aegis of OSCE, which was a landmark event reflecting the recognition and role of Belarus in the OSCE. That was the first time when such a high-level event was held in Belarus by the Organization and it received a positive international response.
The Delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus takes part in the work of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (PA). Belarus initiated the adoption of a number of the Assembly’s resolutions on the subjects of combatting trafficking in human beings, promoting new and renewable sources of energy, “green” economy, protecting and promoting social and economic rights, responding to the appearance of new psychoactive substances, developing of the digital economy in the OSCE area, strategic forecasting in science, as well as developing of technologies and innovations for sustainable growth.
The 26th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly took place in Minsk from 5 to 9 July 2017 for the first time ever. The event was opened by the President of the Republic of Belarus.
On April 29–30, 2019 Minsk hosted the International Parliamentary Conference of the OSCE PA Silk Road Support Group “Belt and Road: Deepening Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Prosperity” initiated by the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. The Minsk Declaration was adopted during the conference.
The Republic of Belarus has been developing co-operation with the OSCE Institutions – Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Representative on Freedom of the Media, as well as the OSCE Secretariat, including Coordinator of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and Special Representative / Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.
In December 2020, Minister V.Makei took part in the annual meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OSCE participating States where he outlined the policy approaches of the Belarusian side to the issues related to external interference, sanctions pressure and use of double standards in assessing the situation in Belarus, as well as the effectiveness of the Organization. The Belarusian Foreign Minister called for the return of the dialogue to a constructive track and implementation of measures leading to détente and restoration of mutual trust.
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