Model OSCE / Youth Conference

Model OSCE / Youth Conference
23 November, 2019

When: 23 November 2019
Where: OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Organized under the auspices of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek with the support the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, the Model will bring together Social Science last year BA and MA students from universities in Bishkek to participate in an elaborate simulation of an OSCE Permanent/Ministerial Council meeting, negotiating mock OSCE documents relevant to current issues in the OSCE region. The Model is held within the framework of celebration of the OSCE 20-year presence in Kyrgyzstan.


• to build confidence between young women and men from Bishkek through their participation in an interactive one-day simulation game modelled on the OSCE Permanent/Ministerial Council, while educating on its decision-making process.
• to create a platform for dialogue and co-operation between the youth and strengthens young people’s engagement in democratic and civic processes across Kyrgyzstan
• to provides youth with a comprehensive understanding of security concept and the three OSCE dimensions, while at the same time build links among universities and students from Bishkek.
• to create lasting contacts of informed young women and men from Bishkek motivated to engage and work together with one another in the future


The Model is open for Social Science BA (last-year) and MA students from the universities of Bishkek. The maximum number of participants is 57 (each representing one OSCE participating state, assigned randomly to the finalists). Organizers will attempt to achieve a gender balance.

Your application should be appropriately filled in and submitted online by 24 October 2019 17:00 Bishkek time.

Format of the Model:

The Model consists of one-day simulation exercise based on the OSCE Permanent/Ministerial Council Meeting. The simulation exercise provides young people from the universities in Bishkek of the conflict divide skills to resolve through dialogue a relevant crisis situation in the OSCE area, while taking into account perspectives of different groups in society. Each participant would represent one OSCE participating country (randomly assigned). The participants should come prepared to the Model, reflecting the position of his/her country.

VERY IMPORTANT: English is the working language of the Model

Assessment and accreditation:

Each participant of the Model will receive a certificate of participation.
Three most active participants of the Model will be awarded with a Hoodies with the OSCE Academy logo.


Programme Office in Bishkek (POiB)

The work of the Programme Office focuses on a range of security issues; from transnational threats such as human trafficking and terrorism to supporting law-enforcement, as well as the risks posed by economic and environmental issues. Alongside this, the Office advocates for the full implementation of the United Nations Covenant on the Economic, Social and Cultural rights, judicial reform, gender equality and for a fair and democratic electoral system.
According to its mandate, the Programme Office develops, implements and reports in all three dimensions within the OSCE approach to comprehensive and co-operative security. Considering evolving needs and priorities of the host country, the Office provides assistance to the government based on close co-operation between the OSCE and Kyrgyz Republic.

What is OSCE?

With 57 participating States in North America, Europe and Asia, the OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE works for stability, peace and democracy for more than a billion people, through political dialogue about shared values and through practical work that makes a lasting difference.
The OSCE is a forum for political dialogue on a wide range of security issues and a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities. The Organization helps to bridge differences, build trust and foster co-operation within and between states. Where there is instability, the OSCE works to prevent conflict, manage crises, and promote post-conflict rehabilitation. With its expert units, institutions and network of field operations, the OSCE addresses issues that have an impact on our common security such as arms control, terrorism, good governance, energy security, human trafficking, democratization, media freedom and national minorities.
The OSCE has a comprehensive approach to security encompassing three dimensions: the politico-military, the economic and environmental, and the human dimension. Through this three-dimensional approach, the OSCE supports its participating States in building trust and working toward a free, democratic, common and indivisible Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian security community.

Decision-making bodies

The OSCE is an intergovernmental organization in which the 57 participating States work as equals in all decision-making bodies. Inclusiveness underpins everything the OSCE does. OSCE participating States enjoy equal status and take decisions by consensus.
Each week, the participating States’ permanent representatives meet in the Permanent Council, the OSCE’s regular decision making body, and in the Forum for Security Co-operation, where decisions are taken regarding military aspects of security. A Ministerial Council is held annually to review OSCE activities and provide overall political direction. Summits of heads of state or government of OSCE participating States can take place periodically to set priorities at the highest political level.

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