2021 Stockholm Forum: Promoting peace in the age of compound risk

April 20, 2021

Peace organization PAX is pleased to participate in the 2021 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development (4-7 May), as an official Forum partner. PAX, under this year’s theme, ‘Promoting Peace in the Age of Compound Risk’, will be pleased to host two sessions that touch upon the discourses of good peacebuilding financing and that of new technologies.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has reinforced or compounded conflict, human rights violations, disinformation efforts, gender inequality and societal fractures. The emerging post-pandemic world risks being more violent and less democratic. Geopolitical tensions and unilateral action have increased, while the need for collective action has become clearer than ever. 

The 2021 Stockholm Forum will explore novel approaches and solutions to promoting peace in the age of compound political, social, economic and environmental risks reinforced by COVID-19. The discussion will bring together the political, security, technology, health and peacebuilding communities, and place the issue of improved collective action at its centre.

For each of the days of the 2021 Forum, the format will combine open high-level policy debates with invitation-only sessions on key thematic and country issues. The Forum will use digital technology and partners to foster open exchange with the wider peacebuilding community through hybrid and online sessions.

The Stockholm Forum is co-hosted by SIPRI and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Forum Programme

Download the forum programme here.

PAX’s Stockholm Forum Sessions

More with less: Enhancing Peacebuilding Impact with Smarter Financing Models

6 May 12.30 pm – 13.45 pm CET, hosted by PAX

This Roundtable discussion will focus on: 

Rethinking financing models for peacebuilding is central to this discussion, which builds upon experiences gained in peace work on the European continent (Western Balkans and Ukraine). PAX and partners propose to explore how ‘more with less’ and increased flexibility in financing can be embedded into effective and sustainable peacebuilding strategies.

Ms. Hedvig Morvai, Director Strategy and Europe, ERSTE Foundation (roundtable moderator)

Ms Anna Åkerlund, Lead Policy Specialist Peace and Security, Department for International Organisations and Policy Support at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Ms. Anna Timmerman, General Director PAX in the Netherlands
Mr. Andrew Sherriff, Head of the European External Affairs Programme at the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in the Netherlands
Ms. Sanja Vuković, Director, PRONI Croatia


Using Social Media to Build Peace and Inclusivity and to Counter Hate Speech 

7 May 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CET, co-hosted by International Alert and PAX

The Panel discussion will focus on:

International Alert and PAX approach social media from different angles in this session, to create a space for cross-context learning about the opportunities for using social media as a peacebuilding tool. They will also examine how this applies on the ground and what it means for practitioners in terms of challenges and opportunities. The discussion around social media is more pertinent during Covid-19, as life and discussions have moved online, increasing opportunities for both threats and peacebuilding.

Mr. Julian Egan, Director of Advocacy and Communications, International Alert (panel discussion moderator)

Ms. Medinat Abdulazeez Malefaki, Independent Global Research and Policy Expert
Mr. Aws Al-Saadi, Founder and CEO, Tech4Peace
Mr. Nadim Nashif, Executive Director and Founder, 7amleh
Ms. Helena Puig Larrauri, Co-Director, Build Up

Attendee registration 

Please register to the Forum and mark PAX’s sessions in your agenda! 

For inquiries regarding PAX’s participation in the 2021 Stockholm Forum and aforementioned sessions please contact us at info@paxforpeace.nl.

For technical inquiries regarding your registration to the Forum, please contact SthlmForum2021@sipri.org.

Read more about the Forum at sipri.org.


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