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11th International Security Forum opens in Geneva

From cutting-edge analysis, to intelligence briefings and debates, decision-makers come together at the International Security Forum (ISF) to discuss the most pressing security topics of our time.

The biennial ISF brings together some 350 dignitaries who make and shape international security affairs. For 22 years, diplomats, ministers, government officials, military and private sector personnel have come to ISF from around the world. The GCSP will host the 11th ISF from 13 to 15 June 2016 at the Maison de la paix in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ISF conferences have provided discourse on traditional challenges such as nuclear disarmament and regional conflicts, and emerging issues such as asymmetrical warfare and climate change. The 2016 edition of the International Security Forum will be held under the theme of ‘Global Disorder - Security in a World Disrupted’.

3 main themes: Systems in Fluidity; Security, Development and Peacebuilding; Devising Responses

Attended by a wide range of security policy-makers, experts and practitioners from all over the world (including diplomats and other government officials, military, academics and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations), the 11th ISF specifically addresses the multiple challenges we face in today’s global security environment.

The need for international cooperation to find solutions

“After what was broadly perceived as a period of transitions with regard to global security, and which was accompanied by hopes of a better and brighter future, today‘s world seems now more fragmented and insecure than ever,” said Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport, Guy Parmelin. “Nonetheless, it is important to stay focused and to continuously work towards finding solutions to the threats and issues we are faced with,” he added.

Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter also highlighted the multiple security crises and ongoing uncertainty that we are currently facing but focused on the importance of building bridges and promoting inclusive dialogue: “we also consider it essential to address the root causes of fragility and armed conflicts, and to advance cooperative solutions to global challenges.”

A large-scale event: 6 core partners, 20 panels, 87 speakers

Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr Didier Burkhalter and the opening statement will be delivered by NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.

The conference is sponsored and co-organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The main conference partners include the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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