Secretariat

The Secretariat, under the direction of the Secretary General, provides operational support to the Organization.

Secretary General
OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut addresses Part 1 of the 18th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Vienna, 1 February 2010. (OSCE/Susanna Lööf)

OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut addresses Part 1 of the 18th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Vienna, 1 February 2010. (OSCE/Susanna Lööf)

The Secretary General acts as the representative of the Chair-in-Office and supports him/her in all activities aimed at attaining the goals of the OSCE. The Secretary General, in consultation with the Chair-in-Office, is authorized to bring any matter that he/she deems relevant to the attention of the Permanent Council.

Duties

The duties of the Secretariat include:

  • Managing OSCE structures and operations within the political guidelines set down by the Permanent Council and other political decision-making bodies
  • Working closely with the CiO in the preparation and guidance of OSCE meetings
  • Ensuring implementation of the decisions of the OSCE
  • Publicizing OSCE policies and practices
  • Maintaining contacts with international organizations
  • Advising on budgetary proposals and financial implications of proposals
  • Overseeing personnel issues, including gender equity within the OSCE
Structures

The Secretariat includes the following structures:

  • Action against Terrorism Unit (ATU)
  • Conflict Prevention Centre (CPC)
  • External Co-operation
  • Gender Section
  • Office of Internal Oversight
  • Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities
  • Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU)
  • Training Section

Refer to the OSCE website for more information about the various structures in the Secretariat.