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Save the Date: The Kofi Annan Peace & Security Forum 2021 edition

On December 8 and 9, 2021, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra and the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva will jointly host the second edition of the Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum (KAPS Forum). The two institutions are coming together based on their shared commitment to the values of the late Mr Kofi Annan, whose understanding of peace was founded on a holistic vision of societies based on good governance, democracy, and human rights, especially in Africa.

The Forum is supported by the German Government implemented by GIZ, and the Governments of Norway, Sweden and Ghana. The Forum will bring together over two hundred delegates including former African Heads of State and high-level diplomats from governmental and intergovernmental organizations, including Kofi Annan Foundation Chair of the Board Elhajd As Sy.

2021 Theme: Democracy in the Context of Complex Crises in West Africa

The Forum, which will be dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, will take place from 17 to 18 November 2021, at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. The 2021 edition of the forum will adopt a hybrid format and focus on the theme: ‘Democracy in the Context of Complex Crises in West Africa’.

Against the backdrop of the 20th Anniversary of the Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, and Ghana being the current Chair of ECOWAS, the 2021 KAPS Forum will aim at building political will to reaffirm the avowed commitment to democracy and credible elections.

The Forum will cover the following topics:

  1. Constitutionalism;
  2. Ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections;
  3. The challenge of balancing democracy with countering violent extremism;
  4. The challenge of balancing democracy with pandemic management (e.g. Covid-19);
  5. Youth inclusion;
  6. Protecting electoral integrity in the digital age;
  7. The role and responsibilities of the international community.

The Forum will contribute to the ongoing discussion on how to strengthen the role of democratic institutions in their function as gatekeepers in promoting and maintaining peace and stability. It will provide a platform for participants to explore multi-pronged approaches to address the erosion of democratic values and good governance in the region. Key outcomes of the conference will be shared in addition to a conference report reflecting new ideas and knowledge as well as policy-relevant recommendations.

About the Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum

The Kofi Annan Peace and Security (KAPS) Forum was initiated in 2019 as an annual event to bring together political leaders, diplomats, scholars and experts to dialogue and take steps to address contemporary peace and security issues on the African continent. The KAPS Forum was established in honour of the memory of Kofi Annan for dedicating his working life to the cause of global peace and security