First presentation of the proposal to create the International Federation of NGOs for Security and Co-operation in Europe within an OSCE platform was 23 June 2017.

The Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) on the topic of Freedom of Religion or Belief: Issues, Opportunities, and the Specific Challenges of Combatting Anti-Semitism and Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, Muslims, and Members of Other Religions was held in Vienna from 22 to 23 June 2017. The meeting was organized by the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

As the Side Event of the Meeting, on 23 June 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, in the OSCE Meeting Room 533, the conception of the International Federation of NGOs for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as an instrument for involvement of civil society in achievement of goals set by OSCE, was presented. The conception was explained by the representatives of the Lithuanian Association for Security and Co-operation in Europe Sergejus Ivanovas and Giedrius Petružis, with the assistance of the representative of European Interfaith Youth Network “Religions for Peace” Gabrielle Westhead (Great Britain).
In the course of the presentation illustrative examples were provided, such as the activities of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (which was dismantled in 2007), Union Corps Saint Lazarus International and the World Federation of United Nations Associations (which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016).

The participants of the OSCE/ODIHR SHDM 23/06/2017 Side Event supported the idea of setting up International Federation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Lithuanian Association for Security and Cooperation in Europe was charged with organising further meetings and discussions of ideas, co-ordinate the preparation of charter documents, with Sergejus Ivanovas as the responsible person, tel. +37061122100, e-mail ivanovas@iips.lt.

List of Side Events – Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (1)