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Conference on the Baltic Sea Region

SIPRI and Swedish MFA conference on societal security challenges in the Baltic Sea region
The conference will discuss strategies to provide safety for citizens and build effective resilience in the face of various contingencies, ranging from climate change to terrorism and major infrastructural disruptions.
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Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden will host an international conference ‘Managing complexity: Addressing societal security challenges in the Baltic Sea region’

The conference will discuss strategies to provide safety for people and build effective resilience in the face of various contingencies, ranging from climate change to terrorism and major infrastructural disruptions. The transnational nature of many societal security challenges requires regional cooperation. Regional cooperation is not only more effective than the efforts of a single state but also a necessary aspect of national preparedness. Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region has been evolving to include societal safety and security issues on the agenda of regional institutions, including the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). 

The conference will explore best practices and lessons learned from the national and regional approaches to dealing with societal security challenges and will also examine existing gaps in knowledge, capacity and collective responses. By convening experts and practitioners from the region, the conference will provide a platform for constructive dialogue and innovative thinking. As a result, the conference will form a basis to further build on existing institutions and frameworks for collaboration to address the societal security challenges faced by Baltic Sea states.

For updates on details forthcoming, please register your interest with bsr-conference@sipri.org

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Ministry for Foreign Affairs Sweden