Norway and the OSCE
The Norwegian delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the main link between the organisation and Norwegian authorities. Co-located with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Vienna, the delegation works closely with the various OSCEs institutions centred in the Austrian capital.
The delegation represents Norway in all of the OSCE’s permanent bodies: The Permanent Council, the Forum for Security Cooperation, the Ministerial Council, as well as Summits. It also serves to connect Norwegian authorities with the OSCE’s secretariat, autonomous institutions and field missions, as well as the delegations of the other participating States. The majority of OSCE meetings takes place in the old imperial palace of Hofburg in the city centre, where the OSCE has its headquarters. The delegation shares offices with the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Vienna.
The delegation is headed by Ambassador Steffen Kongstad, and consists of a total of three diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one military adviser from the Ministry of Defence, three secretaries, one intern and one driver. The delegation works on issues accross the OSCE’s three dimensions of security, and promotes Norwegian policies and priorities in the various OSCE bodies. In 2017, Norway chairs the OSCE Security Committee.
On these pages you will find information concerning the OSCE and Norway's engagement with the organisation, including all Norwegian statements in the Permanent Council and other official meetings of the OSCE. You will also find information on how to apply for positions or internships, as well as links to relevant institutions, embassies and organizations.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the OSCE
Ambassador Steffen Kongstad assumed the post of Permanent Representative of Norway to the OSCE on 1 September 2016.
Praktikantopphold ved OSSE-delegasjonen i Wien
Norges delegasjon til OSSE tilbyr to praktikantplasser i høstsemesteret 2017. Søkere må være norske statsborgere og registrert ved et godkjent lærested under praktikantoppholdet. Søkere kan ikke ha vært praktikant ved en annen norsk utenriksstasjon tidligere.
About the OSCE
03.09.2013 // The OSCE traces its origins to the détente phase of the early 1970s, when the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) was created to serve as a multilateral forum for dialogue and negotiation between East and West. After the end of the Cold War the organization earned its current name and status, as the CSCE was called upon to help managing and responding to the new challenges of the post-Cold War period. In 1995 the CSCE was renamed OSCE and acquired permanent institutions and operational capabilities.