On 21–22 June SIPRI actively participated in the third edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, which was on the theme ‘Africa in an Era of Cascading Risks and Climate Vulnerability: Pathways for a Peaceful, Resilient and Sustainable Continent’. The forum was held in a hybrid format in Cairo and online.
On 21 June Dr Florian Krampe, Senior Researcher and Director of the Climate Change and Security Programme, led a panel discussion on ‘Strengthening the Climate Adaptation and Peacebuilding Nexus: The Way Forward’. The discussion sought to identify ways in which climate adaptation can be leveraged to advance peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD) goals in Africa. The speakers also discussed lessons learned and best practices when adopting climate-responsive peacebuilding approaches in conflict-affected settings. Krampe was joined by a high-level expert panel, including Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment and COP27 Envoy and Ministerial Coordinator, Egypt; Stephen Par Kuol, Minister of Peacebuilding, South Sudan; and Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission.
Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, joined the panel discussion on 22 June titled ‘Looking Ahead: COP27 and Beyond’. The focus of the discussion was on seeking a strategic dialogue for future action on peace security, climate and sustainable development. It also identified forward-looking approaches for advancing collective action and considered key opportunities to achieve this, including COP27 and the UN Summit of the Future 2023.
Watch a recording of the panel discussion here.
Earlier in May, the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), acting in its capacity as the Secretariat of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development, was a partner of the 2022 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development. During the Forum, CCCPA hosted a session on ‘The Regional Implications of Climate-security Risks in Africa: The Need for Holistic Responses’ and Ambassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif, Director General of CCCPA, joined the closing panel on ‘Climate Security and Development beyond the Stockholm Forum’.
The Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development and the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development share a knowledge partnership on issues related to peace, security and development. More information about the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development is available here.