Press release | Date: 21/04/2017
The Government intends to put Norway forward for chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2020.
'By seeking the chairmanship of the OSCE, Norway is shouldering its share of the responsibility for maintaining and further developing one of the most important pan-European organisations for cooperation,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
A key objective of Norway's chairmanship would be to promote transparency, build trust and reduce tensions through security policy dialogue. Norway last held the OSCE chairmanship in 1999.
Strengthening existing security policy tools such as the OSCE is an important aim in the Government's new white paper on the future course of foreign and security policy, which sets out how Norway can best prepare to meet the security challenges ahead.