Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel is among the most important cultural centers of Switzerland with a large number of theaters and many museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the world's oldest art collection accessible to the public. It also has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460).
This is the second time that Switzerland assumes the OSCE Chairmanship following its term in 1996. In December 2014, representatives of the other 56 OSCE participating states (spread across three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia) will gather in Basel for a meeting of the Ministerial Council — the Organization’s central decision-making and governing body — organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
The OSCE was co-founded by Switzerland in 1975, The OSCE is the largest regional security organization in the world. It works to ensure peace, democracy, and stability for more than one billion people. The OSCE takes a comprehensive approach to security in its politico-military dimension, the economic and environmental dimension, and the human dimension.