The Covid-19 pandemic has been a formative experience of all humanity, perhaps the biggest since the era of globalization began. For the OSCE region, which saw infections and fatalities grow across countries and continents in the first half of 2020, it continues to be both disruptive and destabilizing. For some time, the pain of losing lives that could not be mourned in person took precedence. However, the effects of the pandemic and their implications for our societies are more far-reaching than anticipated and will last well into the coming decade. Indeed, we are only just beginning to make sense of the magnitude of the crisis, as we move beyond mitigating the impact to developing concepts and models
for the time “after the pandemic.” The OSCE was established at a time of global transformation to support and strengthen human security
across the Northern Hemisphere. The 57 countries of the OSCE region now number more than 1.2 billion people, and in our interconnected world, policies and practices developed and applied here have global significance.