GMF joins Helsinki +40 Colloquium Project
GMF is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act. The Helsinki Final Act of 1975 was the culmination of the Conference of Security and Co-operation in Europe, which from 1973-1975 brought together 35 countries including the United States, Russia, and most European nations to try to improve relations between the West and the Soviet bloc. The Final Act created the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which has worked tirelessly over the past four decades to promote human rights, freedom of the press, and fair elections. The OSCE PA is the parliamentary dimension of OSCE, which promotes involvement of the national parliaments of the 57 member states in OSCE and provides oversight of OSCE activities.
GMF will commission a series of short papers and convene events in Washington, DC in June 2014. OSCE PA will also hold seminars in conjunction with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) in Moscow and with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm, as well as a culminating colloquium in Helsinki on the eve of the 2015 Annual Session of the OSCE PA.
GMF Senior Vice President for Programs Ivan Vejvoda remarked of the partnership, “We are pleased to join SIPRI, RIAC and the OSCE PA on this keynote Helsinki +40 Project. The OSCE continues to play a vital role in upholding the values and rights enshrined in the Final Act of 1975 and contributes to the stability of the global international order. New challenges for the organization are also new opportunities.”