Berlin Peace Dialogue: Europe in the shadow of war

Foreign Minister Baerbock delivering her speech at the Berlin Peace Dialogue

Foreign Minister Baerbock delivering her speech at the Berlin Peace Dialogue, © Janine Schmitz/photothek.de

29.09.2022 - Article

Foreign Minister Baerbock will today open the annual conference of the Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding. This year’s Berlin Peace Dialogue will focus on current challenges for civilian crisis prevention and conflict management.

Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is not only a direct attack on the people of Ukraine, but also a threat to the international peace order.

Russia’s blatant breach of the principles of the UN Charter and of the OSCE requires that we reconsider the question of the peace and security order – not only in Europe, but all around the world. Because if the strongest powers within this order do not adhere reliably to the agreed collective rules and treaties, then nowhere in the world is there any longer a durable guarantee of peace protected by international law.

Against the backdrop of this watershed, experts from policymaking, academia, think tanks and civil society will gather at the Federal Foreign Office on 29 September to discuss the possibilities and limits of civilian crisis prevention and conflict management in Europe and the world and to identify new approaches.

What are the limitations of our current civilian crisis prevention and conflict management instruments? How effective are they still? What new solutions need to be developed? The Berlin Peace Dialogue 2022 will concentrate on the challenges facing German and European civilian crisis prevention, conflict management and peacebuilding as well as on early detection and timely crisis prevention.

As well as looking at analyses of the current security situation in Europe, the guests will also consider short- and longer-term prospects and the impact on critical developments at global level. How can we more reliably identify the risk of escalation in conflicts or foster a willingness to cooperate between parties to a conflict? How can cooperation be strengthened and peace built, particularly in areas such as climate, development, the rule of law or health? These and other issues are on the agenda for the many panel discussions and workshops throughout the day.

The conference will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into German. The livestream will begin at 9.15 a.m. and is available here.


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