OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. It therefore addresses a wide range of security-related concerns, including arms control, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, national minorities, democratization, policing strategies, counter-terrorism and economic and environmental activities. All 57 participating States enjoy equal status, and decisions are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
Most of the OSCE’s staff and resources are deployed in the OSCE’s field operations in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The Organization has a number of institutions and structures that help it implement its mandate. In addition, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly brings together parliamentarians from all participating States. The Organization comprises 57 participating States, 6 Mediterranean and 5 Asian Partners for Co-operation.”