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OSCE Chairmanship 2014

Switzerland’s Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2014 was evidence of the country’s commitment to stability in Europe and neighbouring regions – one of its foreign policy priorities. The Swiss Chairmanship was guided by the motto «Creating a Security Community for the Benefit of Everyone».

Didier Burkhalter, Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE, answering questions at the press conference of the 2014 Annual Security Review Conference in Vienna
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, is Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE
Group picture of the foreign ministers taking part in the 2014 Ministerial Council meeting in Basel
Group picture of the foreign ministers taking part in the 2014 Ministerial Council meeting in Basel.

OSCE Ministerial Council 2014

The annual meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council will be held in the Basel Congress Centre from 4 - 5 of December 2014.

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President Burkhalter speaks at the OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference in Basel on 3 December 2014. To his right: the head of the Serbian OSCE Task Force, Dejan Sahovic; to his left: the director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Michael Link; far left: the director of swisspeace, Laurent Goetschel.

Civil society parallel conference

Prior to the annual meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council, a civil society conference will take place for the fifth time from 2 to 3 December 2014.

Further information


10 November 2014 (The International Relations and Security Network, ETH)

10 April 2014 (Security Community)


23 March 2014 (SonntagsZeitung)


23 March 2014 (Le Matin Dimanche)



4 March 2014, SRF


5 December 2014, SRF


9 Jaunary 2014, SRF

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Last update 26.01.2022

  • Security and stability, the improvement of human living conditions and the strengthening of the OSCE's capacity to act – these were the priorities set by Switzerland

  • Information about events and visits by Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, in the context of the OSCE and Switzerland's Chairmanship

  • Speeches by Didier Burkhalter, Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2014

  • Switzerland gave youth a voice and increased their participation in the OSCE’s work during its Chairmanship. The Model OSCE provided young people with the opportunity to get to know the organisation better and negotiate their own “Youth Action Plan” for the OSCE. Young people were also a key priority of Didier Burkhalter's year as President of the Confederation in 2014

  • Key information on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world's largest regional security organisation

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