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2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

In recognition of the global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, for the first time ever the Stockholm Forum will leverage innovation and cutting-edge technology to bring together communities virtually in a reduced format on 11–22 May 2020.

The Forum will combine high-level interactive dialogues with public panels and closed-door, partner-led sessions. All registered participants will be given access to all public sessions, including the keynote address on ‘Sustaining Peace in a Changing World’ by Ilwad Elman, Director of Programs and Development at Elman Peace Mogadishu on 13 May, 14.45–14.55 CET.

To register for the waiting list for the 2020 Stockholm Forum public panels, please click the following link. All public panels will be live-streamed on SIPRI’s YouTube channel.

Download the ‘2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development’ report (PDF)


About the Stockholm Forum

Held annually, the Stockholm Forum is a dialogue-driven event that provides a neutral platform for interdisciplinary exchange among members of international communities in the development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and security spheres. The discussion-led roundtable sessions—which the Stockholm Forum is well known for—are developed in collaboration with partner organizations and invite active participation from stakeholders at all levels.

Reflecting developments in the international policy agenda, each edition of the Stockholm Forum has had a different overarching theme, ranging from ‘Freedom from Violence’ in 2014 to the themes of ‘What Works?’ in 2017 and ‘The Politics of Peace’ in 2018. Continuing this trend, the Forum theme in 2019 was ‘From Crisis Response to Peacebuilding: Achieving Synergies’ and for 2020 is ‘Sustaining Peace in the Time of COVID-19’.

The Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development has been jointly organized by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and SIPRI since 2014. 


Forum inquiries

The lead curator of the 2020 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development is Dr Jago Salmon (

For additional inquiries on the Forum, please contact Martina Selmi, Programme Coordinator (

Media contacts

For media enquiries, please contact Alexandra Manolache, Communications Officer (, +46 76 628 61 33) or Stephanie Blenckner, Director of Communications (, +46 8 655 97 47).