Working phase

Geneva 1973 to 1975

The working phase of negotiations amounted to the first multilateral East-West negotiation process in Europe. During this phase, issues were grouped together into three major substantive “baskets.” The inclusion of such a wide range of issues reflected a comprehensive approach to security that remains one of the OSCE’s greatest assets.

The three baskets are also referred to as the three “dimensions” of security.

Basket Description
I. Security Security and confidence building measures.
II. Co-operation Co-operation in the fields of economics, science and technology, and the environment.
III. Human rights Human rights and the movement of peoples, ideas, and information across national boundaries.