In this issue: OSCE Ministerial Council 2015
23 December 2015
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Image PlaceholderAt a time when the OSCE region faces an array of complex challenges to security that cannot be tackled by any single State alone, efforts to rebuild trust and confidence among participating States must be intensified. Each challenge, both in the OSCE area and in the neighbouring regions, requires action based on solidarity and joint efforts, and respect for the culture of consensus.

At the OSCE Ministerial Council, which I hosted on 3-4 December 2015 in Belgrade, States reaffirmed the critical importance of the OSCE as a forum for inclusive dialogue and joint action.

In this issue, you can read more about the outcomes of this year’s Ministerial Council, where participating States once again recognized that the OSCE, on the strength of its comprehensive security concept, is uniquely placed to improve relations among participating States as well as to improve people’s lives, collectively and individually.

Ivica Dačić
Serbia’s Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

22nd OSCE Ministerial Council


From 3 to 4 December 2015, Foreign Ministers from OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation convened in Belgrade, Serbia, for the annual Ministerial Council, to discuss the most pressing security concerns in the region. Read our story for highlights from the event.

Solid foundations laid for continuing dialogue on Europe’s security challenges


The 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council took place in a good, constructive and frank atmosphere, laying solid foundations for continuing dialogue on addressing Europe’s security challenges, said OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić after the two-day meeting drew to a close. Read more

Ministerial Council: decisions, statements and documents


Learn more about the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, access decisions and declarations, look up the agenda and the lists of participants, and access other conference documents on our dedicated page.

Check out the links below to learn more about the decisions and declarations at this year's Ministerial Council:

Robust diplomatic process needed to replace mutual recrimination with rebuilding trust in Europe


A diplomatic process that explores the common problems of European States carefully, confidentially and systematically is needed to overcome the current divisions and uncertainties over security, concludes the final report of the Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security as a Common Project, presented on the margins of the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade.

The Report, “Back to Diplomacy”, is the outcome of a year-long review by the Panel exploring the prospects for renewed dialogue, taking account of the damage done by the crisis in and around Ukraine, and how to re-launch the idea of co-operative security. Learn More

Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries


At the sidelines of the Belgrade Ministerial Council, Foreign Ministers of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries said they remain united in their commitment to mediating a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and appealed to the sides to re-commit themselves to the peaceful resolution of the conflict and dispel any misperceptions that they are not serious about reaching a negotiated settlement. Read more

Ministerial Council in photos


Photos from the Ministerial Council on Flickr

The participants of the Ministerial Council showed their support for the OSCE United in Countering Violent Extremism #UnitedCVE campaign. See the photos on Flickr

OSCE responses to the crisis in and around Ukraine


OSCE responses to the crisis in and around Ukraine include high-level diplomacy and multilateral dialogue; monitoring the security situation on the ground; promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and strengthening democratic institutions and practices. Check out our new portal for the latest news, reports and stories.

Daily updates from the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine


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

Reports from the Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk


Read weekly first-hand information from the team of OSCE observers on the situation at the border checkpoints.
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