Secretariat

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

The Secretariat is based in Vienna and also has an office in Prague.

Secretary General
OSCE Secretary General Ambassador Lamberto Zannier addresses the Permanent Council, Vienna, 4 July 2011

OSCE Secretary General Ambassador Lamberto Zannier addresses the Permanent Council, Vienna, 4 July 2011 (OSCE/Sarah Crozier)

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.

The term of the current OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier of Italy, was extended a  further three years in May 2014.

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 other international organizations
  • Advising on budgetary proposals and financial implications of proposals
  • Overseeing personnel issues, including gender equity within the OSCE
Conflict Prevention Center
Adam Kobieracki is the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre.

Ambassador Adam Kobieracki is the Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre. (OSCE)

The Secretariat's Conflict Prevention Center (CPC), based in Vienna, supports the CiO and other OSCE bodies on:

  • Early warning
  • Conflict prevention
  • Crisis management
  • Post-conflict rehabilitation
Primary Functions

The CPC:

  • Maintains close contacts with other international organizations and NGOs involved in conflict management
  • Serves as the planning unit for future OSCE missions and field operations
  • Acts as coordinator for deployment of new or enhanced field operations
  • Assists mission members in emergencies, such as a medical evacuation

The CPC's Situation Room can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Secretariat also includes the:
Ambassador Miroslava Beham, the OSCE's Senior Adviser on Gender Issues, Vienna, 15 February 2012. (OSCE/Jonathan Perfect)

Ambassador Miroslava Beham, the OSCE's Senior Adviser on Gender Issues (OSCE/Jonathan Perfect)