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Promotion of sustainable peace in focus as global experts convened in Stockholm

Posted by Rebecka Lind at May 22, 2015 09:58 AM |

Over 150 policymakers, researchers and practitioners gathered in Stockholm on 12-13 May for the second annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. Co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the 2015 forum explored the theme ‘Promoting Sustainable Peace’ with policy leaders and high-level experts.

H.E. Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding and H.E. Kaifala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, and Co-Chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, were key speakers at the opening session among others.

Access Minister Lövin’s opening address; check the Forum event pages for photos and upcoming reporting; and see #SthlmForum, ‘recent events’ and the essay in this month's newsletter. 

Information and communication technologies for democracy: challenges and opportunities

Posted by Rebecka Lind at May 22, 2015 09:57 AM |

SIPRI Session, Stockholm Forum on Development and Security, 12-13 May


Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have great potential for development policy and democratic governance. They enable information access and sharing among individual states and help them to mobilize around common ideas. However, ICTs also offer unprecedented opportunities for states to perform surveillance and censorship activities. Moderated by Dr Vincent Boulanin, this roundtable explored the extent to which ICTs generate opportunities and challenges for democratic development. Representatives from among others the Digital Rights Foundation and Bytes For All (Pakistan), Ericsson and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) discussed the various issues, including: the specific case of Pakistan; how Sweden supports Internet freedom and digital rights via its foreign policy; as well as the key role played by export control regimes in preventing authoritarian governments from accessing and using cyber-surveillance technologies.  

 

Read more; check out #SthlmForum; and contact Dr Vincent Boulanin for further information. A more comprehensive report from the session will be published soon.

 


Post-settlement peace processes and the challenges of building sustainable peace

Posted by Rebecka Lind at May 22, 2015 09:57 AM |

SIPRI Session, Stockholm Forum on Development and Security, 12-13 May


A remarkable number of conflicts suffer from recurring violence. In addition to rendering conflict intractable, this implies a great loss of resources as gains achieved from peacemaking efforts and humanitarian assistance are depleted by the recurrence of violence. Drawing on the case of Mali, a workshop discussion on how local and global actors can overcome the challenges of transforming peace settlements into durable peace was animated by participants from civil society, the development community and academia. The discussion highlighted the importance of sustaining dialogue and other peacebuilding efforts as agreements only help to delineate the tools for the resolution of specific conflicts. Participants included representatives of civil society in Mali and Iraq, ECOWAS Mali, Sida in Mali, the Poverty Observatory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Geneva-based UN Research Institute for Social Development, St John’s University in New York and SIPRI. SIPRI’s deputy director, Jakob Hallgren, moderated the discussion.

 

Read more; check out #SthlmForum; and contact Dr Gaudence Nyirabikali for further information. A more comprehensive report from the session will be published soon.


Arms Trade Treaty: Improving arms transfers’ controls and fostering security and development

Posted by Rebecka Lind at May 22, 2015 09:57 AM |

SIPRI Session, Stockholm Forum on Development and Security, 12-13 May


The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) entered into force on 24 December 2014. It is the first international legally binding agreement to establish standards for regulating the trade in conventional arms and preventing the illicit trade in weapons. It highlights the ‘security, social, economic and humanitarian consequences of the illicit and unregulated trade in conventional arms'. Moderated by SIPRI, representatives from the National Commission on Small Arms in Ghana, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Development in Africa, the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society among others, explored how future Arms Trade Treaty-related outreach and assistance efforts can be structured and implemented to meet partner state needs, and strengthen security and development. In particular, participants explored the important role of states, regional organisations and NGOs in this integrative process, as well as the need to build links with existing capacity building efforts.

 

Read more; check out #SthlmForum; and contact Mark Bromley for further information. A more comprehensive report from the session will be published soon.


Call for Papers: Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

Posted by Rebecka Lind at May 22, 2015 09:57 AM |

1-2 October 2015 Park Hotel, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the International Security and Development Center (ISDC) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) are pleased to announce the first annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place in Bishkek on 1-2 October 2015.

The two-day conference will bring together national and international experts from government and the public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and research institutions, and media to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, and to promote evidence-based policy making.

 

Deadline for submission for sessions or papers is 30 June. Read more and contact Dr Damir Esenaliev for further information.