RESOLUTION ON STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTIONS IN THE OSCE REGION

    1. Taking note of the OSCE PA resolution adopted in Brussels in 2006 calling on participating States to seek and implement ways of further promoting exchange of views through open and constructive dialogue with civil society,
    2. Recognizing the important role that civil society institutions play in the process of providing assistance to the promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,
    3. Reaffirming that "respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, and the rule of law is at the core of the OSCE comprehensive concept of security" (OSCE Charter for European Security, Istanbul, November 1999 (19)),
    4. Recalling the Resolution on Co-operation with Civil society and Non-Governmental Organizations, adopted at the Annual Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Brussels, 2006, calling upon participating States "to recognize that a strong and independent civil society free from interference of government contributes essentially to the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law",
    5. Stressing the need for the OSCE participating States to implement the OSCE commitments to "enhance the ability of non-governmental organizations to make their full contribution to the further development of civil society and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms" (OSCE charter for European security, Istanbul, November 1999 (27)),
    6. Recalling the UN General Assembly Millennium Declaration which recognizes the necessity to "give greater opportunities to the private sector, non-governmental organizations and civil society, in general, to contribute to the realization of the Organization's goals and programmes" (United Nations Millennium Declaration, 8 September 2000),

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Calls upon participating States to eliminate restrictions on access to information resources by non-governmental organizations and other civil society institutions to facilitate their optimal performance;
    2. Calls upon participating States to further engage in dialogue with non governmental organizations and other active civil society institutions;
    3. Recommends that participating States create and develop appropriate mechanisms to mediate and facilitate collaboration between civil society institutions and the state;
    4. Calls upon participating States to engage with non-governmental organizations and other civil society institutions in the decision-making process as well as in the process of solving social problems;
    5. Recommends that participating States take steps to create a legal environment that allows for greater performance and participation of non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions;
    6. Calls upon participating States to promote the exchange of information and practices for increased collaboration between non-governmental organizations and civil society institutions working towards common OSCE commitments;
    7. Calls upon participating States to co-operate with non-governmental organizations and other civil society institutions on the resolution and prevention of regional conflicts in the OSCE area on the basis of the principles of international law, the Helsinki Final Act and relevant UN Security Council resolutions;
    8. Encourages participating States to create an enabling environment to ensure sustainability of activities and transparency of financial resources of non-governmental organizations, including access to both foreign and domestic sources of funding;
    9. Calls upon participating States to grant consultative status to non-governmental organizations in the appropriate OSCE institutions;
    10. Calls upon participating States to collaborate more actively with non governmental organizations in the process of enhancing the role of civil society in the areas of human rights protection, democracy, and the rule of law;
    11. Encourages participating States to engage closely with non-governmental organizations in programmes and projects that have social importance.