On Thursday 14 September, The King and The Crown Princess attended the Stockholm Security Conference at Artipelag, on Värmdö. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) hosts the conference. This year's theme was Secure Cities in an Insecure World.
The Stockholm Security Conference was SIPRI's second conference in Stockholm on subjects that are relevant to international peace and security.
This year's theme, Secure Cities in an Insecure World, addressed the significance of global security trends for cities and their inhabitants, and investigated current and potential ways in which cities can deal with these.
The conference was opened by Jan Eliasson, Chairman of SIPRI, who welcomed the attendees. Talks were then given by Speaker of the Riksdag Urban Ahlin and Stockholm's Finance Commissioner Karin Wanngård, among others.
During the first seminar of the day, Silvia Francescon, Head of the European Council on Foreign Relations' Rome Office, Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development, spoke on the subject of global security challenges. The discussion was led by Dan Smith, Director of SIPRI.
During the day, there were opportunities for discussions between participants, and various talks were given. The King attended a seminar on violent extremism in European cities. Amir Rostami, Sweden's national coordinator against violent extremism, was the moderator.
The Crown Princess took part in a seminar on the social and economic integration of refugees and migrants in urban areas of the Global South. The discussion was led by Lucy Hovil from the International Refugee Rights Initiative.
SIPRI was founded in 1966 at the initiative of Prime Minister Tage Erlander to commemorate Sweden's 150 years of peace. It is an independent research institute that studies armed conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policy-makers, researchers, media and the interested public. The institute has an international board.
Find out more about SIPRI here.