OSCE structure


The OSCE functions using a combination of:


  • Decision-making bodies

  • Operational institutions

  • Field operations


This chapter introduces you to the main OSCE structures. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to describe how OSCE decisions are reached and which institutions are responsible for OSCE operations.


Diagram of various OSCE structures

Diagram of various OSCE structures

Through the decision-making bodies described below, the OSCE makes specific political commitments across the three security dimensions, while its institutions reflect these in their daily activities to support states in their implementation of these commitments. 


For more detailed information, please refer to the OSCE website.