The 22nd Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held in Istanbul, Turkey from 29 June to 3 July 2013. (See videos of the Istanbul Annual Session here. The final report of the Annual Session, in PDF format, is available here.)
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. (Photos | Closing press release)
General Committee on Political Affairs and Security
General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment
General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions