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SIPRI Update: May 2024
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New SIPRI data—Multilateral peace operations 

This month SIPRI released new data on multilateral peace operations. A topical backgrounder summarizes the key findings of the new data along with important developments related to multilateral peace operations during 2023. The launch also includes six visualizations that capture trends in the data and an infographic map. In 2023, 63 multilateral peace operations were active in 37 countries or territories around the world. This was one operation less than in 2022. The largest number of multilateral peace operations, 20, were conducted by the United Nations.


Read more | Download the SIPRI Map of Multilateral Peace Operations


New video series from the Stockholm Forum 

Following the recent Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, which brought over 400 participants from 40 countries and 70 partner organizations to Stockholm, SIPRI is pleased to launch a new video series. The series of interviews, recorded during the Forum, offers diverse perspectives on the challenges of a divided world and how to overcome them. In addition, recordings of the plenary sessions that took place during the Forum are now available. The sessions explore the various aspects of this year’s theme ‘On the Edge: Navigating a Changing World’.


Read more | Access the Forum playlist


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SIPRI Yearbook 2023 translated into Chinese

This month, SIPRI was pleased to announce that the Chinese translation of SIPRI Yearbook 2023 is available. This translation gives Chinese-speaking audiences access to crucial insights on global security and arms control matters. The translation has been made possible through the generous support extended by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport.


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SIPRI and FES co-host climate, peace and security policy briefings in Berlin 

On 2 May, SIPRI and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) successfully convened a roundtable discussion on climate, environment, peace and security. The event marked the occasion of a visit to Berlin by three members of the SIPRI–FES Latin America network, which issued a report earlier this year about climate justice in Latin America. In addition to the event, members from the Latin America network, as well as SIPRI and FES researchers, held policy briefings with the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Read more | Read the report | Watch interviews with the working group representatives


SIPRI and the African Development Bank form new partnership

On 8 May, SIPRI and the African Development Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their collaboration in understanding and addressing fragility, insecurity and climate-related challenges in Africa. The agreement—signed at the 2024 Stockholm Forum—further strengthens the ongoing collaboration between the organizations. The partnership draws on the dedication of both organizations to address the factors that drive fragility and insecurity, and to promote actions that prevent conflicts and build resilience, including to climate shocks and impacts.


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External Commentaries
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SIPRI experts were recently featured in these external outlets:


26–30 August 2024
2024 Armament and Disarmament Summer School

The summer school is focused at young and emerging professionals in the fields of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control. 

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16 May 2024
Gaza, Sudan, Ukraine and beyond: What is the path to peace and human security? 

On the occasion of the spring meeting of SIPRI’s international Governing Board, SIPRI hosted a discussion on Gaza, Sudan, Ukraine and beyond. The conversation presented and explored views from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States on the prospects for making progress towards peace and human security.

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3–5 May 2024
SIPRI co-hosts UN strategic dialogue on climate, peace and security

On 3–5 May 2024, SIPRI, the United Nations Climate Security Mechanism and the Folke Bernadotte Academy hosted a UN Strategic Dialogue on Climate, Peace and Security. The event aimed to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change in conflict-affected regions.

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Current vacancies:

  • Grant Acquisitions and Development Officer (Closing date: 31 May)
  • Project Controller (Closing date: 31 May)

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Burning Ground: Tackling Climate Change and Conflict in South-central Somalia 

Somalia is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, in part because of the enduring effects of over three decades of violent conflict. This report presents findings from two projects led by the International Organization for Migration in Somalia that exemplify how climate action can be used as a platform for reducing violent conflict over natural resources; fostering cross-clan collaboration on climate-smart infrastructure and nature-based solutions; and forging or strengthening relationships between formal authorities and rural communities. The report offers lessons for climate action and peacebuilding in Somalia and in other fragile and conflict-affected areas.

Read the SIPRI Report


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Assessing the Effectiveness of European Union Civilian CSDP Missions Involved in Security Sector Reform: The Cases of Afghanistan, Mali and Niger

This report explores the contributions that the European Union’s civilian Common Security and Defence Policy missions involved in Security Sector Reform (SSR) have made to peace. The report does so by looking at three case studies: EUPOL Afghanistan (2007–2016), EUCAP Sahel Mali (2014–) and EUCAP Sahel Niger (2012–2024). All three have engaged in civil­ian SSR activities amid ongoing armed conflict, and operated in broader national and international counterinsurgency contexts. The report concludes with a number of recommendations aimed at EU member states and EU CSDP missions.

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Climate, Peace and Security Fact Sheet: Myanmar (2024)

This Climate, Peace and Security Fact Sheet is focused on Myanmar and the series of conflict- and climate-related issues that face the country. The fact sheet offers a range of recommended actions for the international community to address these issues effectively. Myanmar is home to one of the highest concentrations of people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, with 40 per cent of the population residing in low-lying and coastal regions. Following a military takeover in 2021, the establishment of the State Administration Council was met with broad popular resistance, retriggering confrontations with ethnic armed organizations and local anti-junta militias. Conflict has exacerbated the country’s vulnerability to climate change and environmental degradation.

Read the report


SIPRI Yearbook 2023
SIPRI Yearbook 2023
SIPRI Yearbook 2023 presents a combination of original data in areas such as world military expenditure, international arms transfers, arms production, nuclear forces, armed conflicts and multilateral peace operations, with state-of-the-art analysis of important aspects of arms control, peace and international security. In addition to its detailed coverage of nuclear arms control and non-proliferation issues, the latest edition of the SIPRI Yearbook includes:
  • insight on developments in conventional arms control in 2022;
  • regional overviews of armed conflicts and conflict management;
  • in-depth data and discussion on military expenditure, international arms transfers and arms production; and
  • comprehensive coverage of efforts to counter chemical and biological security threats.

Browse the contents page | Download the summary (PDF) | Download the sample chapter on world nuclear forces (PDF) | Order SIPRI Yearbook 2023