The dimensions, frequency, and complexity of natural disasters are increasing, and no country is immune from this trend. Is there a role for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)?

This meeting note reflects a discussion held at IPI’s Vienna office on May 19, 2011 that examined what possible added value the OSCE could play in disaster relief, reflecting on existing commitments and experience, and taking into account the experience and mandates of other relevant actors in the OSCE area.

Participants in that meeting included representatives of the OSCE’s participating states, executive structures, and parliamentary assembly, as well as experts from other relevant international organizations.