Video: The role of international organisations in making peace

Monday, 12 February 2018

The work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Ukraine.

A talk by Alexander Hug, Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. The event was moderated by Dr Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) was deployed on 21 March 2014, following a request to the OSCE by Ukraine’s Government and a consensus decision by all 57 OSCE participating States. The SMM is an unarmed, civilian mission, present on the ground 24/7. Its main tasks are to monitor and establish facts – so that decision-makers can reach resolution – to verify the sides’ commitments to cease fire, withdraw weapons, disengage forces and formations, and de-mine; and to facilitate dialogue on the ground in order to reduce tensions and promote normalization of the situation.
Although a sustainable ceasefire remains elusive, the SMM has achieved considerable and regular success in facilitating and monitoring localized adherence to the agreed ceasefire – essentially ‘windows of silence’ in specific areas allowing for assessment, maintenance and repair of critically important civilian infrastructure providing water, gas and electricity.

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