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Save the date: Worldwide security challenges in focus as global experts convene in Stockholm

A panel discussion during last year's Stockholm Security Conference. Photo: SIPRI

Stockholm (18 August): More than 150 high-level policymakers, researchers and practitioners will gather in Stockholm on 13–15 September for the second Stockholm Security Conference. The conference is hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), in partnership with the City of Stockholm, the Swedish Riksdag and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). This year’s theme, Secure Cities in an Insecure World, identifies and assesses global security challenges and trends, how these play out in cities, discussing what cities must do to respond to insecurity.  

Session topics include preventing violent extremism, the social and economic integration of refugees and migrants, artificial intelligence for law enforcement, protection of civilians in conflict, security and growth in the suburbs and disaster risk reduction.

The following high-level participants are confirmed:

  • H.M. Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden
  • H.R.H. Victoria, the Crown Princess of Sweden
  • H.E. Margot Wallström, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • H.E. Jan Eliasson, Chair of the SIPRI Governing Board
  • H.E. Urban Ahlin, Speaker of the Riksdag
  • H.E. Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm
  • Ulrika Modeér, Sweden’s State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation
  • Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria
  • William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration
  • Lise Grande, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
  • Robert Glasser, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam
  • Maria Rankka, CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
  • Dan Eliasson, National Commissioner, Swedish Police
  • Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, London
  • Marianne Gasser, Head of Delegation in Syria, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Silvia Francescon, Head of Rome Office, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Anna Carlstedt, Sweden’s National Coordinator against violent extremism
  • Erik Wennerström, Director General of BRÅ, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention


A detailed media advisory will be circulated ca 1 week ahead of the event.

Save the dates 13-15 September.