The Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich becomes a global arena each year in February, when heads of government, foreign policymakers and decision-makers from all over the world meet to discuss the most important challenges facing global security.
The Munich Security Conference, an especially significant annual political meeting, has been a forum for the global dialogue on security policy for over 50 years. Over 500 heads of state and government, foreign and defence policymakers, business people and journalists from around the world are expected at this year’s event. The German Government will be represented by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and Development Minister Gerd Müller.
From Sergey Lavrov to Bill Gates, key figures from the spheres of politics, business and civil society will meet in Munich.
In view of the great challenges facing global security and stability, the world’s largest security policy dialogue forum is regarded as particularly important this year. Along with a large number of heads of state and government, the participants will include UN Secretary-General António Guterres, US Vice President Mike Pence, US Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. From Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, to Bill Gates and Bono, the participants in Munich come from a very wide range of fields in global civil society.
Meeting in the Normandy format
A meeting in the Normandy format will also take place on the margins of the Munich Security Conference. The ceasefire in Ukraine has been breached more often recently. Foreign Minister Gabriel will therefore discuss with his counterparts from Russia, France and Ukraine which steps can be taken to further the implementation of the Minsk agreement.
Political speed dating in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof
The Munich Security Conference is also an important occasion for conducting bilateral meetings on the margins of the conference. In addition to giving a speech in the hotel ballroom, Foreign Minister Gabriel has a packed schedule of one-to-one talks on current issues with a large number of his counterparts.