The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Minsk for its 26th Annual Session on 5-9 July 2017, which is expected to include the participation of some 300 parliamentarians from North America, Europe and Asia. The theme of this year’s Annual Session is “Enhancing mutual trust and co-operation for peace and prosperity in the OSCE region.”
The largest event on the Assembly’s calendar, the Annual Session consists of several days of meetings featuring high-level speeches and debates, and will culminate in the adoption of the Minsk Declaration. This political document will contain recommendations to national governments, parliaments and the international community in the fields of political affairs, security, economics, environment and human rights.
Representing the collective voice of the OSCE parliamentarians, the Declaration helps shape OSCE and national policy, and will be complemented by a number of supplementary items on a wide range of issues relating to OSCE commitments and values.
The Annual Session will also include elections of several OSCE Parliamentary Assembly officers, including Vice-Presidents and Treasurer.
General information and draft programmes are available to the right. Additional practical information about the Annual Session can be found at the website of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus.
Bringing together nearly 300 parliamentarians from 54 OSCE participating States, the 25th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly took place 1-5 July 2016 in Tbilisi. The Session was held under the theme "25 Years of Parliamentary Co-operation: Building Trust Through Dialogue," commemorating the quarter-century anniversary of the Assembly's work.
For the final report of the 2016 Annual Session, please click here.
At the close of the Session, the Assembly adopted the Tbilisi Declaration (available in English, French, German, Italian,Russian and Spanish) and elected its new leadership. Austrian parliamentarian Christine Muttonen was elected President for a one-year term, renewable once. Vilija Aleknaite Abramikiene (Lithuania), Azay Guliyev (Azerbaijan), and Isabel Santos (Portugal) were elected to three-year terms as Vice-President, and Victor Dobre (Romania) was elected to a one-year term.
Committee officers for 2016/2017 include the following:
- General Committee on Political Affairs and Security: Chair Roger Wicker (United States), Vice-Chair Guglielmo Picchi (Italy), Rapporteur Margareta Cederfelt (Sweden)
- General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment: Chair Nilza Sena (Portugal) Vice-Chair Artur Gerasymov (Ukraine), Rapporteur Marietta Tidei (Italy)
- General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions: Chair Ignacio Sanchez Amor (Spain), Vice-Chair Ivana Dobesova (Czech Republic), Rapporteur Kyriakos Kyriakou-Hadjiyanni (Cyprus)
The 24th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly brought together nearly 300 parliamentarians in the Finnish capital's Finlandia Hall on 5-9 July 2015. The theme for the Session was "Recalling the Spirit of Helsinki," a reference to the OSCE's founding document, the Helsinki Final Act, which was signed in Finlandia Hall in 1975.
The situation in and around Ukraine, the crisis concerning migrants and refugees, arms control, climate change and minority rights were among a diverse array of critical security issues on the agenda. The Session also featured a special commemoration of the Helsinki Final Act's 40th anniversary and a presentation of the results of the PA's Helsinki +40 Project on Organizational reform.
The 23rd Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held at the Fairmont Hotel Congress Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan from 28 June to 2 July 2014 under the theme "Helsinki +40: Towards Human Security for All."
Hosted by the Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan, the Session was attended by nearly 300 MPs from more than 50 OSCE participating States.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Swiss President and OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter, Russian State Duma Chair Sergey Naryshkin and Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Deputy Chair Ruslan Koshulynskyi all spoke at opening-day plenaries on Saturday, 28 June.
The 22nd Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 29 June to 3 July 2013.
The Turkish Grand National Assembly hosted the annual gathering, which took place at the Lutfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center in Istanbul.
The session's Helsinki +40 theme underlined the Assembly's support for the OSCE Ministerial Council decision in Dublin to launch a set of objectives aimed at strengthening the OSCE towards 2015, the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.
The debates and votes of the Assembly during the session culminated in passage of the 2013 Istanbul Declaration to help shape OSCE and national policy. Members from 57 OSCE participating States also elected Montenegrin Speaker of Parliament Ranko Krivokapic as its new Assembly president, as well as six new vice-presidents, nine committee officers and re-elected Roberto Battelli (Slovenia) as treasurer.