The Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) is one of the OSCE’s two main regular decision-making bodies. The Forum was established at the 1992 Helsinki Summit to strengthen the Organization’s focus on politico-military security.
The Forum meets weekly in Vienna and provides a unique platform for the 57 OSCE participating States to discuss topical security challenges on an equal footing.
The agenda of the FSC Meetings always includes “Security dialogue”, allowing participating States to raise and discuss security concerns and challenges. These discussions regularly lead to initiatives and measures to strengthen politico-military security, including confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).
The Forum’s Chairmanship rotates among the OSCE participating States, with each State holding the FSC Chairmanship for four months. The Forum approves documents and decisions by consensus. The FSC Support Section within the OSCE Secretariat acts as the institutional memory of the FSC and supports the efforts of the OSCE participating States to implement FSC commitments, which - like all OSCE commitments – are politically binding.