Current operations

This section describes the current OSCE field operations divided by region. A summary of OSCE field operations and their respective mandates can be found in the links to each FO.

Central Asia

OSCE Centre in Ashgabat

The Centre started working in Ashgabat in January 1999, after its establishment through the Permanent Council on 23 July 1998, Journal No. 179, Agenda item 4 (PC.DEC/244).

The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat implements a number of activities across the OSCE’s three dimensions of security such as border management and transnational threats, good governance, environmental protection, gender equality and media freedom. The Centre works to promote CSBMs and ethical standards in law enforcement, to facilitate economic connectivity and sustainable water management, to support the Ombudsperson’s Office, and to promote the implementation of human rights commitments. 

OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek

The Centre became operational in Bishkek in January 1999, after being established through PC.DEC/245, 23 July 1998. The Field Office started working in Osh in April 2000 and closed in 2017 following revision of the mandate. 

The Programme Office in Bishkek implements programmatic activities in accordance with its mandate and of reform priorities set out by the host country and in cooperation with partners from state institutions, international organizations and civil society. The Office focuses on countering terrorism and transnational threats, border management, implementation of justice and election reform, building open and resilient societies and developing the country’s regions, trade facilitation, as well as strengthening efforts to combat corruption at all levels. Initiatives to promote youth and gender equality in the host country are also supported. 

OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe

The OSCE Mission to Tajikistan was established in June 1994 in accordance with Decision I.4 at the Rome Ministerial Council, 1 December 1993. With effect from 1 July 2017, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan was renamed the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the five Field Offices (in Khujand, Kurgan-Tyube, Garm, Kulyab and Shaartuz) were closed. 

The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe engages with the host country to support the implementation of projects focused on disaster risk reduction, practical support and awareness-raising to pave the way for Tajikistan’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and investing in the knowledge and skills of young people. The Office also focuses on increasing national ownership and regional cooperation throughout its work, with the inauguration of the Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre in Dushanbe and regional, tailored training courses for law enforcement from all Central Asian states and Afghanistan. 

OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan

The OSCE Centre in Almaty, Kazakhstan started working in January 1999, after its establishment with Permanent Council Decision No. 243 (PC.DEC/243), on 23 July 1998. A small liaison office was set up in Almaty in March 2003. In the first half of 2007, the Centre moved to Astana, and the OSCE Centre in Astana was transformed into the OSCE Programme Office in Astana on 1 January 2015. It was renamed the OSCE Programme Office in Nur- Sultan after the change in the name of the capital of Kazakhstan on 20 March 2019. 

The OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan promotes security in Kazakhstan and in Central Asia through its strong relationships and partnerships with institutions from government, civil society, academia, the private sector and the international community to promote security. It develops approaches with key partners in P/CVERLT and works to promote sustainable economic growth, the green economy and gender equality. It supports Kazakhstan’s efforts to help victims of human trafficking, to promote judicial and penitentiary reform and to prevent torture. The Office actively engages youth, media and academia in regional security dialogue. 

OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan

The OSCE Centre in Tashkent was established by the Permanent Council, 14 December 2000, Journal No. 314, Agenda item 7, PC.DEC/397. After the establishment of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan on 1 July 2006, a new MoU was subsequently agreed upon between the Secretary General of the OSCE and Uzbekistan. 

Since 2019, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan (PCUz) engages with the host country to support the implementation of its commitments in all three dimensions of comprehensive security. It continues to support the host country’s efforts to address transnational threats, promote transparency in governance, fight corruption, combat money laundering, improve labour migration policies, to combat trafficking in human beings and drugs, and to promote judicial and legal reforms.