The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) was established twenty five years ago as an instrument to prevent conflicts related to inter-ethnic matters. Over the years, its role has evolved from an early warning tripwire to one of long term, structural conflict prevention. More specifically, it has focused on assisting countries in devising sound policies to guarantee minorities’ access to education, justice and participation, and, more in general in managing diverse societies. In his keynote speech, High Commissioner Zannier will provide an overview of the evolution of the HCNM mandate, as well as an insight into current geographic and thematic priorities and most prominent challenges.
Read an interview with the High Commissioner on National Minorities, Lamberto Zannier here