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The Swiss OSCE Chairmanship and its Model OSCE project

Switzerland assumes the Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014. In accord with the leitmotif “Creating a Security Community for the Benefit of Everyone”, Switzerland pursues three overarching objectives:

  • fostering security and stability in Europe,
  • improving people’s lives, and
  • strengthening the OSCE and increasing its capacity to take action.

As part of its third objective, Switzerland wants to strengthen the voice of young people and enhance their involvement within OSCE structures. To achieve this goal, Switzerland organises a Model OSCE series in which one delegate from each of the 57 OSCE participating States is invited to participate. The participating delegates are involved in the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship throughout the entire presidential year: By means of simulations of two specific OSCE decision-making bodies, the delegates are getting familiar with OSCE structures and -themes. The participants have the opportunity to acquire and develop various skills in diplomacy and negotiation, public speaking, communication, problem resolution of international issues, and critical thinking. They are improving their team-work and leadership abilities and are meeting other young people from the 57 OSCE participating States.

Simulation of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna:

The first Model OSCE event was held in Vienna from Tuesday, January 14, to Saturday, January 18, 2014. The delegates have stepped into shoes of ambassadors to the OSCE and kicked off negotiations on a “Youth Action Plan”.

Simulation of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade:

The second simulation will take part in summer/autumn in Belgrade. The delegates will continue their negotiations in the role of “foreign ministers” and conclude by taking a decision on their “Youth Action Plan’s” content.

Ministerial Council in Basel:

During the OSCE Ministerial Council organized by the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship taking place in Basel on December 4-5, 2014, the 57 delegates will have the opportunity to meet the foreign ministers of the OSCE participating States and present their “Youth Action Plan”.

Workshop in between:

Between the two simulations, the delegates will reach out to their own networks by consulting preliminary results of the draft-“Youth Action Plan”. For that purpose, they will include wider groups of interested young people and raise awareness of OSCE themes.

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