New version: High-level meeting in Stockholm adopts the Stockholm Declaration against war and conflicts

On 5 April, leaders from countries affected by conflict, donor countries, the UN and civil society organisations will meet in Stockholm. Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin will host the meeting, where some 40 countries and organisations are set to agree on a declaration – the Stockholm Declaration – on how to strengthen efforts to prevent conflicts and create the conditions for lasting peace.

In her capacity as chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, Ms Lövin is hosting the meeting together with East Timor's deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development Helder Lopes. Participants will include UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and ministers and government representatives from a number of countries including Somalia, Liberia, Timor-Leste, the UK, Belgium and Germany.

High-level meeting on 5 April: Addressing Fragility and Building Peace in a Changing World

Press briefing: 14.10–14.40, with the possibility for individual interviews. UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin. Please state whether you are interested in interviewing other participants.

Registration is required; please contact Press Secretary Annika Flensburg via email.

Venue: Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm. Room: Fågelström.

The number of armed conflicts in the world is increasing. Not since the Second World War have so many people been displaced, and the need for urgent disaster relief has doubled since 2012. Poverty is increasingly concentrated in conflict-affected countries and it is estimated that, by 2030, two thirds of the world's poor will be living in these countries. In order for the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the world last autumn to become a reality, there must be a greater focus on countries affected by conflict.

"Efforts to prevent war and conflicts are currently not satisfactory. The international community has to get better at working in these environments. Coordination is lacking on the part of the donor countries and support to affected countries is fragmented. In Stockholm we will agree on a new plan to hone these efforts. The world cannot afford any more wars," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.

The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding is an association of some 40 countries and organisations working together to ensure the more efficient use of aid in conflict-affected countries and fragile states.

The ministerial meeting will take place in connection with the Stockholm Forum on Security and Development, which is organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). 

The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding


Annika Flensburg
Press Secretary to Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00