Forum for Security Co-operation


The Forum for Security Co-operation was created in 1992 as an autonomous decision-making body. The FSC meets weekly throughout much of the year at the Hofburg Congress Centre in Vienna to discuss and make decisions regarding political-military aspects of security in the OSCE area. The FSC is the main OSCE platform where the pS cooperate to build security, confidence, openness and transparency for increased stability and reduced risk of armed conflicts in the region. It is chaired by an OSCE pS on a rotational basis for four-month periods. Its work is supported and operationalized by the OSCE Secretariat’s FSC Support Section and OSCE missions in the field. 


Meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation in Vienna

Meeting of the Forum for Security Co-operation in Vienna

The FSC provides support for: Arms Control and confidence and security-building measures (CSBMs), Transparency, sub-regional agreements and Information Management and Reporting System (IMARs) on exchanged military information from pS, supporting all pS and OSCE pol-mil structures; Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, support on the implementation of Non-Proliferation/UNSCR 1540, the Communications Network and provides practical assistance on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Conventional Ammunition upon request. There is a keen focus on gender related aspects of the pol-mil dimension, including capacity building/education (code of conduct and UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security), and on-going research on the role of women in armed forces.


The Forum consists of representatives of the OSCE participating States. Most delegations have dedicated delegates for the FSC, though some individual delegates cover both the FSC and the Security Committee.


Responsibilities


The Forum is responsible for:


  • Discussing and clarifying information exchanged under CSBM agreements

  • Implementation of CSBMs

  • Countering illicit trafficking of weapons that may fuel organized crime and terrorism

  • Promoting non-proliferation of biological chemical and nuclear weapons

  • Improving the security of ammunition depots

  • Support to the parties of the Dayton Agreement Article IV

  • Strengthening national capacities and implementation of commitments/national action plans

  • Promoting women’s role in the security sector

  • Annual implementation assessment meetings