Cooperation with other regional organizations

The OSCE cooperates with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). In the past years, the CSTO and OSCE SGs have met to discuss increased co-operation and mutual understanding between the two organizations’ priorities and structures. The CSTO has addressed the ASRC, participated in the OSCE MCs, the OSCE has participated in the CSTO Permanent Council Meeting, and at the working level, CSTO and OSCE staff have exchanged views, especially on counter-terrorism. 

Relations between the OSCE and regional organizations beyond the OSCE area have gained momentum in recent years. There has been considerable interest from these organizations to learn more about the OSCE and its norms and principles.

Topics explored with regional organizations have included exchange of best practices and lessons learned on: 

  • Counter-terrorism efforts 

  • Mechanisms and institutions of conflict prevention and early warning 

  • Support of democratic elections 

  • Small arms and light weapons 

  • Field activities and deployment of field missions

The 2001 OSCE Bucharest Plan of Action for Combating Terrorism referred to the need to broaden dialogue with regional organizations beyond the OSCE area, such as ASEAN, the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Arab League, the African Union and the Organization of American States.

Links with international financial institutions and economic organizations are maintained primarily by the Office of the OSCE Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, but also others, including:

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

  • International Organization for Migration

  • United Nations Development Programme

  • United Nations Environment Programme

  • World Bank

  • World Trade Organization

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  • International Monetary Fund

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations