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2021 Stockholm Forum opens tomorrow—Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk

2021 Stockholm Forum opens tomorrow—Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk

(Stockholm, 3 May 2021) Over the next four days, more than 3500 global participants and over 60 partner organizations will convene in a virtual space for the eighth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. The opening session and the discussion on ‘Managing interconnected risk: Promises and pitfalls of the international system’ will be live streamed on SIPRI’s YouTube channel.

Download the Forum program here (PDF). Watch the live stream of the studio sessions here

Co-hosted by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the 2021 Stockholm Forum will present cutting-edge online sessions exploring novel approaches and solutions to promoting peace in the age of interconnected political, social, economic and environmental risks reinforced by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants will share lessons learned from across organizations, sectors, countries and from history with a particular focus on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe as a regional platform for conflict resolution and on the challenges and opportunities that new technologies present for peacebuilding.

The 2021 Stockholm Forum will commence with a keynote address by Hajer Sharief, co-founder of the Libyan non-governmental organization, Together We Build It. This will be followed by online sessions on topics ranging from climate change, food security, financing for peacebuilding and the women, peace and security agenda to compound risk and new technologies.

Key high-level participants include:

  • HE Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • HE Per Olsson Fridh, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation
  • HE Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • HE Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Helga Schmid, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Commission
  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managing Director of Operations
  • Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations
  • Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit
  • Siga Fatima Jagne, Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender at the Economic Community of West African States; and many more speakers.


About SIPRI and the Stockholm Forum

The 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development enables interdisciplinary exchange among global thought leaders with the aim of influencing key policy and research agendas. It is co-hosted by SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is responsible for developing and implementing Sweden’s foreign policy. In addition to overseeing the operations of the country’s embassies and consulates, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is responsible for Sweden’s development cooperation, trade and investment.

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Photos and videos from the event will be made available on the SIPRI website. Follow @SIPRIorg on Twitter with #SthlmForum. Livestreams of studio session will be available on SIPRI’s YouTube channel.