Overview


The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization comprised of 57 participating States from Europe, Central Asia, and North America, working to ensure peace and stability for more than a billion people between Vancouver to Vladivostok. 


OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation

OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation

The OSCE also maintains regular dialogue and cooperation with its Mediterranean and Asian Partners for Co-operation.


The OSCE is cooperative, founded on the principles of consensus and equality. Thus, all OSCE participating States (pS) have equal power and status and take decisions on both hard and soft security. It is a consensus-based forum where States cooperate to prevent crises from happening and/or to prevent their escalation, and to promote post-conflict peace building. The broad membership of States is reflected in their diversity of interests, but each has a common stake in building Euro-Atlantic Eurasian security and playing to OSCE’s strength in fostering inclusive cooperation on cross-cutting aspects of security. 


Political dialogue


The OSCE relies on political dialogue about shared values and develops partnerships with governments, civil society, think tanks, and the private sector in order to maintain security throughout its region. The OSCE often works away from the headlines to foster discussion to defuse tensions, to address deep-rooted challenges, and to divert potential conflict.


Comprehensive view of security

The OSCE's areas of work

The OSCE's areas of work

The OSCE takes a unique comprehensive and cooperative approach to security, predicated on the “inherent dignity of the human” being. The organization takes a multi-dimensional approach addressing the following three dimensions of security, which are considered by the OSCE to be equally important for maintaining peace and stability:


  • Politico-military Dimension

  • Economic and Environmental Dimension

  • Human Dimension


The OSCE also addresses issues which are cross-dimensional.