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OSCE Security Days 2014
26 May 2014
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This week marks a milestone for the OSCE. On March 25th, the Organization’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights mobilised its largest ever election observation mission for the Presidential Elections in Ukraine. The observers’ first assessment is available to you here, along with information to help you understand the background to the OSCE’s engagement in Ukraine.

This week’s breaking news of the death of an Italian photojournalist and his assistant has highlighted the dangers faced by media in conflict zones. Conditions for journalists in Ukraine are ‘rapidly deteriorating’, according to an extensive report by Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, which you can read in full here.

With Ukraine filling the headlines, the OSCE is taking a deeper look at the role of regional organisations with the latest of our Security Days. This one-day event at our Vienna headquarters will focus on the power of regional organisations to stop conflicts. Follow the debate via online media tomorrow Tuesday 27th, and get involved via the links below.
Cathie Burton
Spokesperson OSCE
85-year old voter in Krasnoilsk, Chernivitsi region in Ukraine casts her vote during the early Presidential elections, 25 May, 2014. (Photo: Michael Forster Rothbart/

Ukraine elections

Observation of Early Presidential Election in Ukraine, 25 May 2014

The poll in Ukraine was characterized by high turnout and a clear resolve by the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and that respected fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions, international observers said. Read more

“This election proved the democratic spirit of the people of Ukraine”
Read more about what internatinal observers had to say about the election in Ukraine.


Ukraine: “Journalists deliberately targeted for doing their job”

OA new report OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media highlights a rapid and alarming deterioration of the media freedom situation in Ukraine. Read more


OSCE engagement with Ukraine

Learn more about OSCE responses to the crisis in Ukraine, ranging from high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue, addressing concerns over fundamental freedoms, human rights, through to monitoring, fact-finding and military visits. Read more


Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

To get a better understanding of the on the ground in Ukraine, read the daily updates provided for the public and the media by the teams of special monitors. Read more


Security Days 2014

The OSCE and Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter: Confronting Emerging Security Challenges in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Space

Distinguished diplomats and leading experts will gather for the OSCE’s Security Days event to discuss how can the OSCE and other regional organizations best work to stop conflicts going from national to regional to global.

Join us live on Tuesday, May 27, from 8:30AM CEST at:, and ask your questions online at

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Get involved!
Ask the experts and diplomats speaking at the Security Days 2014 event on how to confront today's big security challenges. CrowdHall platform open for questions and comments until 9:00PM CEST on Tuesday, May 27.
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Listen to the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier talk about the Security Days, and building relationships between regional organizations and the United Nations ahead of this year's event. Listen

What are OSCE Security Days?
Security Days events brings together experts from different countries to examine new thinking on security issues. They look at both the theory and practice of solving conflicts, and the role of regional and multilateral organizations in sustaining and consolidating peaceful societies. Learn more

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