Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace
Egypt will organise the second edition of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development under the title ‘Shaping Africa’s New Normal: Recovering Stronger, Rebuilding Better’.
The forum, which will be held virtually from 1-5 March 2021 under the auspices of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, will bring together leaders from governments, regional and international organisations, financial institutions, the private sector, and civil society, as well as visionaries, scholars, key experts and practitioners for a context-specific discussion on the new risks, threats, and challenges, as well as opportunities that lie ahead.
Grounded in ‘Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want’, the forum will develop action-oriented recommendations for a strong recovery that advances sustainable peace and development with prevention and resilience at its core.
Owned by Africa, and supported by international and regional partners, the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development seeks to advance a broad and ambitious agenda for addressing the peace, security and development challenges facing Africa.
The first edition of the forum, which was held between 11-12 December 2019, brought together more than 600 participants from 70 countries and emphasised the imperative of a paradigm shift in Africa from crisis management to achieving sustainable peace and development.
Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on societies and economies across the world.
While Africa has shown strong leadership in addressing the health impacts of COVID-19, pre-existing vulnerabilities that were further magnified by the pandemic have destabilised lives and livelihoods on an unprecedented scale.
Youth, women, and forcibly displaced populations continue to be disproportionately impacted. The crisis also threatens to erode the hard-won gains of decades of economic and human development.