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Sustaining Peace in the Time of COVID-19—new SIPRI film

Sustaining Peace in the Time of COVID-19—new SIPRI film

SIPRI is pleased to launch a new film capturing insights from global actors on efforts to sustain peace during the crisis caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Global challenges are compounded by COVID-19

The film is based on discussions recorded during the 2020 Virtual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, which brought together a range of viewpoints from different stakeholders in the development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and security spheres.

The 2020 Stockholm Forum took stock of the progress made in advancing peacebuilding as the world commemorates 75 years since the founding of the United Nations. The discussions highlighted the growing variety of global risks which are further perpetuated by COVID-19. These pre-existing challenges include, but are not limited to: climate change, loss of biodiversity, widening inequality, violence, the proliferation of disinformation, and vulnerability in the face of ever-growing globalization.

The pandemic has also underscored that international institutions focused on crisis response are being challenged in a world in which global risks and threats directly affect national security, governance and international cooperation.

Knowledge and cooperation are key to building resilience

While international cooperation is confronted by a potentially prolonged period of contested multilateralism and geopolitical competition, the crisis caused by COVID-19 can be an opportunity for shaping how the world recovers. Through promoting wider generational collaboration and further inclusivity in peace processes, and through reinforcing shared institutions, the pandemic can be an accelerating force for positive change. The film emphasizes the need for multilateralism and cooperation—now more than ever—in order to find good international solutions to shared challenges.

About the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development

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. The theme of the 2020 Virtual Stockholm Forum was ‘Sustaining Peace in the Time of COVID-19’.

About SIPRI’s films

SIPRI produces a variety of videos to cater for different viewing preferences and serve as an alternative platform for providing insights on peace and security. Events are a core component of SIPRI’s outreach, and livestreams and recordings of SIPRI’s conferences and seminars are produced on a regular basis. Watch more films over at SIPRI’s YouTube channel



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