swisspeace was founded in 1988 as the Swiss Peace Foundation in order to promote independent peace research in Switzerland. Today, the foundation employs about 50 staff members. Its most important donors are the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the United Nations and since 2015 Swisslos Basel.
swisspeace is an associated institute of the University of Basel, member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.
swisspeace accompanied the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship in 2014, supporting projects to strengthen OSCE dialog with civil society.
The annual OSCE Ministerial Council was hosted by Switzerland in Basel in December 2014. Parallel to this event, swisspeace organized the OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference in close cooperation with the Civic Solidarity Platform. In order to also facilitate domestic dialog, swisspeace is working closely with the Swiss NGO Working Group for the OSCE, which is coordinated by humanrights.ch.
Together with the OSCE institutions, Switzerland organized four regional workshops together with representatives of civil society in the Western Balkans (Belgrade), Central Asia (Dushanbe), the South Caucasus (Tbilisi) and all other OSCE participating States (Vienna). swisspeace assisted the Swiss Chairmanship with these workshops, helping to lay the ground for the above-mentioned civil society conference that was held in Basel parallel to the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in December 2014.
For more information regarding swisspeace’s OSCE activities please see http://www.swisspeace.ch/projects/osce-chairmanship.html.
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