OSCE to Expand Cyber Security Profile

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)1 held its last annual meeting in Monaco from 5 to 9 July 2012. Relevant to the cyber security arena is the Monaco Declaration and Resolution2 categorised under the umbrella of internal reforms. The resolution calls for the OSCE to ‘organise an exchange of views and best practice on confidence- and security-building measures, including in the area of cyber security and counter-terrorism, with a view to exploring the possibility of building new OSCE commitments.’

In 2004 the process of integrating aspects of information and communication technology and terrorism into the organisation’s activities started with the adoption of the OSCE Charter on preventing and combating terrorism 3 that includes paragraphs on the prevention of media and information technology abuse for terrorist purposes.

The OSCE Monaco Declaration opens a new chapter for more concrete cyber security policies, specifically keeping in mind the fight against terrorism.



  1. Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), http://www.osce.org/ []
  2. OSCE, Monaco Declaration and Resolution, Chapter 1, Political Affairs and Security, 25 ix, 5-9 July 2012, http://www.oscepa.org/meetings/annual-sessions/2012-monaco-annual-session []
  3. OSCE Charter on preventing and combating terrorism, 2004, www.osce.org/odihr/16609 []