Civil Society Forum
The conference was organised jointly by Germany's Federal Foreign Office, the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The two-day event kicked off on 12 November with a forum attended by members of civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from more than 30 countries.
The forum provided civil society organisations and representatives of the younger generation with an opportunity to develop and present recommendations to OSCE participating states.
Michael Roth, Germany's Minister of State for Europe, held a welcome address to the participants of the Civil Society Forum.
Representatives of youth and student organisations from different OSCE countries were also present in Berlin.
High-level commemorative event
The event on 13 November gathered high-level government representatives and political leaders for facilitated conversations about challenges and good practices in countering anti-Semitism. It marked the 10th anniversary of the Berlin Declaration on anti-Semitism.
Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the high-level event, together with Chairperson-in-office of the OSCE and Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, and Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).