On 5–6 April 2016, 330 policymakers, academics and thought leaders gathered in Stockholm for the annual Stockholm Forum on Security and Development.
The participants hailed from 47 countries and 140 institutions, including 38 universities, think tanks and research institutes; 35 governmental bodies; 21 international and multilateral institutions; 42 civil society organizations and 4 private-sector corporations and membership organizations.
The 2016 Forum, co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, challenged high-level experts to critically examine the implementation framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that no one is left behind.
Initiated in 2014, the Stockholm Forum on Security and Development provides a neutral platform for interdisciplinary exchange among members of the international security and development communities. In a combination of structured workshops, plenary sessions, presentations and informal meetings, participants discuss common challenges, best practices and cutting-edge research on pressing global issues.
This conference report provides a brief summary of the main observations, takeaways and recommendations that emerged from each session of the 2016 Forum.