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Sweden as Chair of OSCE

The OSCE is a security policy cooperation body with 57 participating States. The OSCE’s activities are based on a broadly defined view of security that includes military arms control, human rights, rule of law and democracy. Sweden has been appointed to chair the OSCE in 2021.

Responsible ministers
Ann Linde
Responsible ministries
Ministry for Foreign Affairs

About the Swedish Chair of OSCE in 2021

  • Sweden’s 2021 OSCE Chair to focus on Organization’s fundamental tasks

    Photo:Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

    With the current pandemic putting a severe strain on societies all over the world, Sweden will take on the OSCE Chair in truly challenging times. This calls for a focus on the very fundamentals of the OSCE: the European security order, the comprehensive concept of security and continued efforts to resolve conflicts in the OSCE region, said Sweden’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Robert Rydberg on July 16th , as he addressed the Permanent Council on the incoming Chair’s priority areas.

  • What does the Chair of the OSCE involve?

    Foto: OSSE/Graham Patterson.

    On 1 January 2021, Sweden will take over the Chair of the OSCE for a period of 12 months. The assignment is a manifestation of Sweden taking responsibility for the OSCE, and also of multilateralism, peace and the upholding of the European security order.

Swedish OSCE-delegation in Vienna

Link to OSCE:s web page

Petra Lärke
Petra Lärke, ambassadör och chef för Sekretariatet för Sveriges OSSE-ordförandeskap 2021 Regeringskansliet/Sara Brynedal

Petra Lärke appointed head of the Task Force for Swedish Chair of the OSCE

The Government has today decided to appoint Petra Lärke as head of the Task Force that is to lead and plan Sweden’s Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2021. She will take up her post on 2 March 2020.

Photo: The Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the OSCE

Sweden hosts first meeting of Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Group

On 11 May 2020, the Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation Group, under the Swedish Chair, held their first virtual meeting. It focused on the challenges and opportunities of information technology and human trafficking.

Foto: International Alert

Feminist foreign policy

Equality between women and men is a fundamental aim of Swedish foreign policy. Ensuring that women and girls can enjoy their fundamental human rights is both an obligation within the framework of our international commitments, and a prerequisite for reaching Sweden’s broader foreign policy goals on peace, and security and sustainable development.

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