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Save the date: Politics of peace in focus at fifth Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

Session on 'Political corruption and organized crime: drivers, effects and responses' during the 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development held on 3–4 May
Session on 'Political corruption and organized crime: drivers, effects and responses' during the 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development held on 3–4 May

Stockholm (17 April 2018) Over 200 high-level policymakers, researchers and practitioners will gather in Stockholm on May 7–9 for the fifth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. Co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the 2018 Forum focuses on the politics of peace and seeks to identify concrete steps towards sustainable peace.

With rising political unrest in South East Asia and parts of Africa, significant growth in the global arms trade and the UN Security Council’s inaction on the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the 2018 Forum will discuss concrete options to mitigate conflict risks, reduce violence and promote sustainable development.

Among others, session topics will include the sovereignty dilemma in peace operations, multi-track mediation, legitimacy, accountability and access to justice, economic policy in fragile places and the role of religion in peacebuilding.

As one of SIPRI’s major annual conferences, the Stockholm Forum has grown considerably over the past five years to become one of the leading global fora for peacebuilding policymakers and practitioners.

Livestream of the welcoming remarks, keynote address and the opening plenary:

High-level participants include:

  • HE Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • HE Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Change, Sweden
  • HE Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Liberia
  • HE Abdi Sabrie, Minister of the Interior, Federalism and Reconciliation, Somalia
  • HE Miroslav Lajčák, President of the United Nations General Assembly
  • HE Adela Raz, Deputy Foreign Minister, Afghanistan
  • Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)
  • Mbaranga Gasarabwe, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and Resident Coordinator, Mali (MINUSMA)
  • William David Gressley, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for Operations and Rule of Law in the DRC (MONUSCO)
  • Adama Dieng, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Special Adviser of the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator(UNRC) & UNDP Resident Representative to Kenya
  • Ramtane Lamamra, High Representative for Silencing the Guns, African Union
  • Andrés Stapper, Director General of the Colombian Agency for Reintegration
  • Jan Eliasson, Former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of SIPRI
  • Enrico Formica, Senior Mediation Officer, United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  • Juanita Andrea Millan, Lieutenant, Colombian Armed Forces and the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace
  • Vasu Gounden, Executive Director, African Centre for the Construtive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
  • Shamil Idriss, President and CEO, Search for Common Ground
  • Scott Weber, Director General, Interpeace
  • Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Ralph Chami, Assistant Director, the International Monetary Fund (IMF)


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

Register here for the public portion of the Forum (7 May).

Attendance for 8-9 May is by invitation only.