05 July 2021

IIASA at the OSCE High-Level Conference marking 30 years of the Bonn Document

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is organizing a High-Level Conference to celebrate 30th Anniversary of the Bonn Conference. Dr. Nadejda Komendantova contributes with scientific input to the discussions of the Conference.

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IIASA delegation participates in the OSCE High-Level Conference "Promoting Economic and Environmental Co-operation, Security, and Growth in the OSCE Region: Marking 30 years of the 1990 Bonn Document".

This event is organized by the 2021 OSCE Swedish Chairpersonship and the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OSCE, in co-operation with the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA).

The conference will focus on highly relevant topical economic, environmental, and social issues. Among them are the role of digital transformation, also in the response to the COVID-19 crisis and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment, the way towards a shared Euro-Asian connectivity, and the implications of Climate Change for economy and security as well as the need for enhanced co-operation and innovation.

Among speakers of the conference are H.E. Helga Maria Schmid, OSCE Secretary General, H.E. Janine Alm Ericson, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, H.E. Miguel Berger, State Secretary of the Foreign Office of Germany, H.E. Vuk Žugić, Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, and others.

IIASA Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group Leader Dr. Nadejda Komendantova will speak at the session on digital transformation. The session, inter alia, will address challenges faced by governments and businesses in the digital transformation - on how to provide equal regional development and access, also through investments in communication infrastructures and services, impact of digital transformation on the labour market with new work skills being in demand, need for new government regulations and standardization. Dr. Komendantova will provide scientific input to the discussions, speaking about digitalization as contested policy issues with several benefits and risks as well as various perceptions and the need of systems analysis. 


The 1990 Bonn Conference is a landmark event in the evolution of the OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension. In the final Conference Document (the Bonn Document), the CSCE/OSCE participating States (pS) expressed their strong commitment to the principles of a market economy and reiterated their vision to “shape a new order of peace, stability and prosperity in Europe based on the comprehensive and balanced concept set out in the Helsinki Final Act and the subsequent documents of the CSCE documents”.

The pS recognized that “democratic institutions and economic freedom foster economic and social progress”, underlined “sustainable economic growth”, “expanding employment” and the “protection of environment” amongst their common objectives, and emphasized the importance of “co-operation in the field of economics, science and technology and the environment”. Moreover, the Bonn Document includes commitments designed to develop free and competitive markets and economies aimed at promoting environmentally sustainable economic growth and development, as set out in the Chapter on “Co-operation in the Field of Economics, of Science and Technology and of the Environment” of the 1975 Helsinki Final Act.

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Nadejda Komendantova

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Sergey Sizov

Science Diplomacy Officer Communications and External Relations Department


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