With 57 participating States in an area that covers North America, Europe and Asia, including the Kyrgyz Republic, the OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for peace, democracy and stability for more than a billion people from Vancouver to Vladivostok, through political dialogue and practical work that makes a lasting difference locally, nationally and internationally.
The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek has been operational since May 2017, following the adoption of its current mandate. The new mandate is based on the wish of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to modernize the tasks of the OSCE presence, which has existed since 1998.
WHAT WE DO?
The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek provides expert and technical assistance in response to requests submitted by the host country, and assists Kyrgyzstan in fulfilling its OSCE commitments. The activities of the Programme Office are carried out within the OSCE’s comprehensive security model – politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimensions, with close cross-dimensional co-operation vital to achieving our set goals.
The OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek approaches every security issue in a comprehensive manner, be it transnational threats and law-enforcement co-operation, economic and environmental development, promoting good governance, advocating for the full implementation of the United Nation’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, fighting human trafficking or improving the national electoral system.
All areas of the Programme Office‘s work are closely linked to the host country’s efforts to transform Kyrgyzstan into a secure and progressive state, while also fulfilling its OSCE commitments
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
With the adoption of the new mandate in 2017, the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek remains steadfast in supporting the Kyrgyz Government in its implementation of OSCE commitments Based on mutual understanding and in close co-operation with the host authorities, the Office supports nationally led efforts and initiatives to strengthen security in the politico-military, economic and environmental, as well as human dimensions. The activities of the Programme Office are fully in line with Kyrgyzstan’s strategic documents. In particular, the Office works towards advancing the goals of the National Sustainable Development Strategy 2040 and its key component, the Tunduk programme as well as the Open Government Partnership, which aim to build effective, transparent and accountable governance through digital transformation of government services and enhanced participation by citizens.
The Office’s work in the politico-military field is based on close co-operation with partners in security and law enforcement sectors and follows a comprehensive approach to Security Sector Governance and Reform
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ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION
The Office’s economic and environmental activities focus on assisting the government in addressing economic and environmental governance challenges to achieve greater stability, security and sustainable socio-economic development. The activities are aligned with the Office’s mandate and are complementary to the government’s priorities within the National Sustainable Development Strategy 2040
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The Programme Office works in partnership with national state institutions and civil society organizations to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Kyrgyz Republic. Activities are based on OSCE human dimension commitments and are in line with the relevant strategies and plans of the Kyrgyz government
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OSCE ACADEMY IN BISHKEK
The OSCE Academy is an OSCE-wide flagship initiative and a regional OSCE institution, established in 2002 upon the initiative of the Kyrgyz Government and supported by the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek and OSCE participating States. The Academy offers two Masters programmes, in Politics and Security and in Economic Governance and Development. These programmes not only enhance students’ critical thinking and knowledge, but also promote regional co-operation, conflict prevention and good governance in Central Asia and beyond. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 students have been selected from among 2114 applicants to study at the Academy, representing the five states of Central
Asia as well as Afghanistan and Mongolia. Professional training courses, multiple conferences, research and workshops throughout the year further contribute to the Academy’s value as a unique venue for intellectual exchange and debate in the wider region.
55 students were selected from among 2114 applicants to study at the Academy, from Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. Today, the Academy’s growing alumni network stands at 474 (251 women and 223 men), who are stepping into leadership roles in their respective countries, becoming the ‘movers and shakers’ of national and regional politics and development. Of those alumni seventy two per cent live and work in Central Asia and Afghanistan. Employed alumni build their careers in the public sector, international organizations (including 29 people working for OSCE), education and research institutions (30 people are currently enrolled in PhD studies), the private sector and the non-profit sector. Thirty seven per cent of the employed alumni hold senior positions.
Head of office in Bishkek: Dr. Pierre von Arx
Om media and public related matters: Kunduz Rysbek, Communications, National Press and Public Information Officer
Office: +996 312 61 24 45 (ext. 7113)
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