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Annual Meeting of the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Points Network on Promoting cross-border co-operation and confidence building in the OSCE area

Category
Event
Date(s)
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Subject
Border security and management

Description



This event, organized by the TNTD/Border Security Management Unit, aims to provide for the opportunity to discuss the importance of confidence building activities among the relevant border security and management services and to encourage better co-operation.

Summary

At the Ministerial Council in Ljubljana, pS adopted the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept (MC.DOC/2/05; 6 December 2005). In the BSMC, the OSCE was tasked to facilitate the “exchange of information, experience and best practices” as well as “technical dialogue between national border services and competent national structures” on border security and management issues.

Additionally, the Concept identified the establishment of national focal points (NFPs) as a method by which a possible OSCE contribution may be delivered. The Permanent Council (PC) approved the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the OSCE Border Security and Management National Focal Point (NFP) Network (PC.DEC/757; 5 December 2006), which described the responsibilities of the NFPs and the OSCE Secretariat.

Most participating States are represented in the Network, with 50 appointing NFPs that meet on an annual basis. To date, the NFP Network has conducted six annual meetings. This year’s meeting will be co-organised in co-operation with the current OSCE Chairmanship and will be held at Hofburg Congress Centre, Vienna, Austria.

The event will be organised in line with the recommendations made by the National Focal Points in the course of the previous NFP Network events as well as during the informal consultations. The chosen thematic focus of the event builds up on the conclusions of the previous annual meetings and is in line with the 2014 Swiss OSCE Chairmanship priorities.

The objectives of the meeting are:

  • for all participants: to provide for the opportunity to discuss the importance of confidence building activities among the relevant border security and management services and to encourage better co-operation;
  • to discuss and share opinions on advantages and disadvantages of cross-border co-operation mechanisms such as the border delegates system;
  • to discuss the role of joint education and training initiatives as one of the most effective mechanisms for networking and confidence building among the border security and management services staff;
  • to analyse the role of confidence building for trade facilitation both across the borders and between the relevant agencies on a national level;
  • to review existing interagency and international mechanisms applied to combating corruption, analyse the gaps and offer additional measures to raise the efficiency of the fight against corruption in border security and management structures;
  • to share national experiences in conducting joint interagency and/or cross-border operations and define the most decisive principles which make such operations successful;
  • for NFPs only: to discuss current issues, on-going initiatives, and agree on further activities.

Participants

The meeting is open for officially designated National Focal Points, relevant national experts as well as representatives of the OSCE field operations that address border security and management issues in their host country, and also for officials from international and regional organisations dealing with relevant issues that are willing to contribute to the discussions.

It is planned that the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship would invite suitable border security and management experts from the OSCE Partners for Co-operation countries to take part in the second day of the event on Wednesday, the 11th of June.

The sessions on Thursday, the 12th of June will be open to officially designated NFPs only.

Information

Added on
05 Aug 2016
Origin
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Type
Meeting
Venue description

Hofburg Congress Centre
Vienna, Austria

Organizer
OSCE Secretariat / Transnational Threats Department / Border Management and Security Unit
Participants
Delegations, Experts, Government officials, OSCE staff
Keywords
border management, border security
Rights
OSCE