DFM Adela Raz participated in SFPD 2018 in Stockholm
(Stockholm 7-9 May 2018) over 350 high-level policymakers, researchers and practitioners gathered in Stockholm for the fifth annual Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development.
Watch the livestream of the opening session here.
HE Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, commented on the importance of inclusivity to peacebuilding noting that ‘women’s participation is essential to creating lasting peace’, citing recent research that ‘peace agreements signed by women have a significantly higher rate of implementation after 10 years’.
Continuing with the notion that inclusivity is a key element for lasting peace, HE Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Change, remarked that, ‘An ecosystem of peace based on dialogue and inclusion—a holistic view—is more resilient to attacks than a monoculture that is based solely on the politics of power’.
The keynote address for the forum was delivered by Miroslav Lajčák, President of the United Nations General Assembly. Lajčák said that, ‘it doesn’t matter what we say at high-level meetings if women are still being excluded on the ground’.
The theme for the opening panel was ‘The urgency and logic of investing in violent conflict prevention’ and was moderated by Dan Smith, SIPRI Director. Smith highlighted the complexity of the peacebuilding process, noting that development goes further than economics, ‘even if one thinks about economic development, one is also thinking about reconciliation and the inclusion of different groups’.
HE Adela Raz, Deputy Foreign Minister, Afghanistan, highlighted the volatility of modern conflicts. ‘We have seen that violence can transfer in seconds from one country to another, from one continent to another’.
HE Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Liberia, pointed to the marginalization of young people as a root cause of conflict.
Hassan Hussein Hajji, Minister of Justice, Somalia, noted that ‘priorities are too many, the resources are too few’ but was hopeful that the country would reach their goals.