Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development

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The Forum’s third edition will address a number of Africa’s priorities, including enhancing cooperation to combat terrorism, overcoming the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, achieving food security, and advancing post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts; reflecting Egypt’s keenness to advance the African cooperation agenda at a critical juncture in international relations.

This year’s edition of the Aswan Forum has special significance as it will be building up to the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be hosted by Egypt in November 2022. Accordingly, it will place emphasis on examining the impacts of climate change on sustainable peace and development efforts in Africa.

The preparatory process has already started with a series of workshops seeking to develop forward-looking and action-oriented recommendations for consideration during the Forum.

As the Champion of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa, Egypt took the initiative to launch the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development during its presidency of the African Union in 2019. The Forum, with two previous editions, serves as a high-level platform, bringing together heads of state and government, leaders from regional and international organizations, the private sector as well as civil society to thoroughly discuss the challenges facing the African continent and propose holistic and innovative approaches to strengthen the interlinkages between peace, security, and sustainable development in cooperation with a number of international partners.

The Strategic Partners of the Third Edition of the Forum include the Government of Japan, the Government of Sweden, and the African Development Bank Group. The Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) acts as the Secretariat of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development.
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About Aswan Forum
Africa’s potential is both unmatched and untapped. Today, the continent is home to at least half of the fastest growing economies of the world. It is rich in resources and is riding a wave of urbanization, industrialization and economic diversification. Its importance in the global economy is expected only to rise, both as a market and as an engine of global growth. Moreover, the continent is the youngest region of the world. By 2030, one in every five people in the world will live in Africa.

This great promise, however, is under threat; undermined by a myriad of crises, challenges and risks to peace, security and development. Conflict continues to inflict devastating human suffering, damage economies and social fabrics, and destroy physical infrastructure. The numbers of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are at record highs. The menace of terrorism is also on the rise. Equally alarming is the convergence of terrorist and criminal organizations into a new and hybrid threat, that recognizes no borders.

Today’s threats to peace, security and development in Africa are unique in many ways. First, their concurrence, frequency and sheer size are unprecedented. Second, they expose serious weaknesses, vulnerabilities and shortcomings of the continent’s security structures and mechanisms. Third, they are happening at a time of shaking global structures, in a world distracted by a plethora of other ongoing and potential crises.

In these testing times, Africa can count on the efforts of none, but itself. It is, indeed, the responsibility of this generation of African leaders, policymakers and intellectuals to provide the home-grown solutions, that the continent so desperately needs, to protect the present and secure the future for generations to come. That is the conversation that needs to start; and now.

As the Chairman of the African Union, Egypt is taking the initiative to launch this conversation. The Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development will provide the first of its kind platform to address these inseparable issues. The Forum, to be held in December of every year, will bring together heads of states and governments, leaders from national governments, regional and international organizations and financial institutions, the private sector, and civil society, as well as visionaries, scholars, and prominent experts for a context-specific, action-oriented, and forward looking discussion on the threats and challenges, as well as opportunities, ahead.


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