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AS 2015 HelsinkiThe 24th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will bring together nearly 300 parliamentarians from across the OSCE area in Helsinki, Finland on 5-9 July 2015. The theme for this year's Session is "Recalling the Spirit of Helsinki," a reference to the OSCE's founding document, the Helsinki Final Act, which was signed in the Finnish capital in 1975. 

The crisis in and around Ukraine, the plight of migrants and refugees, arms control, climate change and minority rights are among a diverse array of critical security issues on the agenda.

Keynote speakers scheduled to address the Assembly include Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini, OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, and several speakers of national parliaments.

The Session will also feature a presentation of the final results of the PA's Helsinki +40 Project, which has generated a wide range of ideas for Organizational reform ahead of the Final Act's milestone anniversary.

The Session will culminate in the adoption of the 2015 Helsinki Declaration, which will contain the Assembly's wide-ranging policy recommendations for the OSCE and its participating States in the fields of political affairs, economics, the environment and human rights.

Resolutions from each of the Assembly’s three General Committees will be debated, amended, and approved through majority voting before they are combined into the Declaration. If approved for consideration, and pending amendments and majority support, Supplementary Resolutions are included in annex to the Declaration, before the final document is sent to the foreign ministers of OSCE participating States and presented in national parliaments.

The Session is open to accredited media. To register, please send name, affiliation and contact details to OSCE PA Director of Communications Richard Solash at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Reports and Draft Resolutions

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Report of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security

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Report of the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment

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Draft Resolution of the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment

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Report of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions

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Draft Resolution of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitrian Questions

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Supplementary Items:

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1. Adherence to the Helsinki Principles in Inter-State Relations across the OSCE Area (Mr. Guliyev, Azerbaijan)

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2. OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security (Ms. Glanzmann, Switzerland)

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3. Helsinki +40: Building the OSCE of the Future (Mr. Soares, Portugal)

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4. Responsibility to Combat Human Trafficking in Government Contracts for Goods and Services (Mr. Smith, U.S.A.)

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5. Missing Persons in Connection with Armed Conflicts (Mr. Hadjiyianni, Cyprus)

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6. Abducted and Illegally Detained Ukrainian Citizens in the Russian Federation (Mr. Semerak, Ukraine)

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7. The Co-operative Phase in Post-Conflict Borders: New Instruments and Actors for a Broader View of the Conflict Cycle (Mr. Sanchez Amor, Spain)

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8. Calling For Urgent Solutions to the Tragedy of Deaths in the Mediterranean (Ms. Tidei, Italy)

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9. A Comprehensive Legislative Reform on Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) from the OSCE Area (Ms. De Pietro, Italy)

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10. Environmental Challenges and Economic Opportunities in the High North (Mr. Solberg, Norway)

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11. Women and Girls Made Vulnerable by Armed Conflict, Crisis or Minority Status (Ms. Fry, Canada)

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12. The Inadmissibility of the Use of Sanctions Against Parliamentarians of OSCE Participating States (Mr. Naryshkin, Russian Federation)

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13. The Need for the OSCE Participating States to Elaborate and Implement Joint Measures to Prohibit Manifestations of Neo-Nazism (Mr. Kovalev, Russian Federation)

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14. The Modernization of the System of National Contributions to the OSCE Budget (Mr. Battelli, Slovenia) (Compromise Supplementary Item)

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15. The Continuation of Clear, Gross and Uncorrected Violations of OSCE Commitments and International Norms by the Russian Federation (Mr. Allison, Canada) (Compromise Supplementary Item)

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