Cooperation with international and regional organizations

The OSCE’s co-operation with other international and regional organizations, including the UN, was comprehensively defined in the Platform for Cooperative Security adopted at the OSCE Istanbul Summit in 1999. The goal of the Platform is “to strengthen the mutually reinforcing nature of the relationship between those organizations and institutions concerned with the promotion of comprehensive security within the OSCE area”. 

The External Cooperation section in the Office of the Secretary General is responsible for day-to-day cooperation and liaison with other international and regional organizations (as well as the PfC), but all parts of the OSCE can and do join forces and pool resources with partner organizations on practical activities in order to better achieve common objectives. 

Partner organizations in the European area that the OSCE cooperates with and who are most relevant in the comprehensive security field include: 

  • United Nations (UN)

  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

  • European Union (EU)

  • Council of Europe (CoE)

  • Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

  • Other organizations ASEAN, CSTO, Interpol, League of Arab States, CEI, OAS. 

The OSCE cooperates with international organizations to advance common security goals and dialogue among States, who encourage international organizations to focus on their areas of added value, to avoid duplication and to coordinate to strengthen collective efforts. Unlike many of these organizations, the OSCE is a political rather than legally binding organization, which often allows it to be nimbler and more open in both dialogue and action, bringing multiple viewpoints to the table. 

This chapter introduces you to other international and regional organizations that are partners of the OSCE. For more detailed information, please refer to the OSCE website.