The Third Edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development will be held on June 21-22, 2022 under the theme, “Africa in an Era of Cascading Risks and Climate Vulnerability: Pathways for a Peaceful, Resilient and Sustainable Continent.”
This reflects Egypt’s keenness to advance the African cooperation agenda at a critical juncture of international relations.
The Forum, to take place in a hybrid format of virtual and in-person presence in Cairo, will address a number of the African continent’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.
This year’s edition of the Aswan Forum has a 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.
Henceforth, it will place emphasis on examining the impacts of climate change on sustainable peace and development efforts in Africa, bearing in mind Egypt’s key role in fostering international and African cooperation in both the field of peace and security on one hand and climate change on the other.
The preparatory process for the third edition 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 editions held, 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 Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) acts as the Executive Secretariat of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development.