2018 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development
7-9 May 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
This year’s Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will focus on 'The Politics of Peace'. Building on the upcoming High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace and conclusions from the recent report ‘Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict’ (United Nations; World Bank: 2017), the 2018 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development will confront the politics of peace by assessing how different policies, processes and tools could be used to overcome political obstacles to build and sustain peace in complex environments.
Targeted, inclusive and sustained conflict prevention can contribute to lasting peace by reducing the risk of violent conflict. In complex environments, international commitments like the Sustainable Development Goals and Women, Peace and Security Agenda can provide entry points for prevention by identifying common ground among diverse stakeholders. In practice, though, political will is often lacking in the countries where prevention is most needed. In such cases, building unlikely or temporary coalitions may be necessary to keep the peace in the interim while more sustainable solutions are developed. Even when there is political will to prevent violence, individual actors can obstruct peacebuilding—either wilfully or through negligence—in pursuit of their own interests. Thus, sustaining peace is not just about good technical solutions, but it is also about getting the politics right. Peacebuilders must find paths to work through, with and, occasionally, around, obstructive actors and institutions.
A CSPPS delegation will join the Forum that will feature, among other sessions, Fambul Tok/Wan Fambul framework and work done in context of the Lake Chad. The Platform will be represented by John Caulker (Executive Director of Fambul Tok & Member of the CSPPS Country Team) who will share practiced-based examples on a three-layer approach to development building on the Fambul Tok/Wan Fambul (FT/WF) experience. John will be joined by Lilian Morsay, Coordinator of Peace Mothers Programme in Fambul Tok International. Also representing the CSPPS will be Theophilus Ekpon (Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa & CSPPS Focal Point in Nigeria) who will speak on the need for countering violence exclusion building on a recent research study on the Role of Young People in Preventing Violent Extremism. Peter van Sluijs, CSPPS Coordinator and Cordaid Senior Strategist will be joining the CSPPS delegation in Stockholm.
Please download sessions briefing papers and flyers:
- Flyer: 'Inclusive Governance for Peace and Local Development in Sierra Leone'
- Briefing paper: 'Inclusive Governance for Peace and Local Development in Sierra Leone'
- Flyer: 'Resilience for Peace: Need for Countering Violence of Exclusion'
- Briefing paper: 'Resilience for Peace: Need for Countering Violence of Exclusion'