The who’s who of security policy gather in Munich

12.02.2016 – The refugee crisis in the Middle East and health security are just two of the many topics of this year’s Munich Security Conference. GIZ will be there to present the actors and challenges involved in the African Peace and Security Architecture.

From 12 to 14 February, Bavaria’s state capital will once again become a stage for international security policy. The Munich Security Conference will see heads of state, foreign-affairs and defence ministers, researchers and business representatives come together to discuss current crises and security policy challenges. With 450 delegates, it is the largest forum of its kind anywhere in the world.

‘We have long known that security and sustainable development are inseparable issues. This is why GIZ is actively working with all state and civil-society actors to facilitate the peaceful resolution of conflict,’ says Christoph Beier, Vice-Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. For the third time now, GIZ is partnering with the Munich Security Conference Foundation to help ensure that African solutions for stability and security are also presented in this forum.

Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, will provide an insight into the AU’s work. With terrorist groups destabilising entire regions and committing grave human rights violations, and people fleeing armed conflict and poverty, the organisation and its member states face major challenges. The African Union now has many options at its disposal for stemming conflict and even intervening with its own peacekeeping troops. For over a decade, GIZ has been working on behalf of the German Government to assist the AU with building its capacity to implement the African Peace and Security Architecture. Crisis early warning, preventive diplomacy, mediation and peacekeeping activities have become key pillars of AU policy, helping African states to find peaceful solutions to crises and to curb conflicts more quickly.

Wided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace laureate and President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, has been invited by GIZ to report on the role that the private sector is playing in stabilising her country. Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has been undergoing a profound social and political transformation. Youth unemployment is high and this is increasing the risk of conflict in the country’s under-privileged inland regions. Commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is working with the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts to promote start-ups and job creation.