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Bologna Peacebuilding Forum

18 May 2021 - 19 May 2021

The Bologna Peacebuilding Forum 2021 addresses the nexus between peacebuilding and climate change. The Forum deals with the complex and still under-scrutinized linkages between climate, environment and conflict and explores potential pathways through which climate change can increase the occurrence of armed conflict or aggravate existing conflict situations.

Peace processes have complex dynamics. Peacebuilding practitioners do not have many opportunities to reflect on their work and share their experience with fellow professionals or researchers. Conversely, scholars experience the same and opposite challenge.


The Bologna Peacebuilding Forum aims to bridge this gap by offering a space for dialogue between peacebuilding scholars and practitioners. Furthermore, the Forum strives to open up the discussion to a larger audience comprising foreign policy experts, relevant civil society actors, and the informed public.

The Forum

The 2021 Bologna Peacebuilding Forum has two main components:

  • A two-days public conference on Peacebuilding and Climate Change featuring speakers from a plurality of professional backgrounds and countries, in partnership with universities, international organizations and think tanks.
  • Side events, discussions around the dissemination or on papers and reports, through a range of webinars, closed-door meetings and other formats.


The two-day event, organised by the Agency for Peacebuilding (AP) in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University SAIS in Bologna and the New-Med Research Network run by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), includes international experts and practitioners and results in an final publication containing research findings from the Forum.

The Forum has two main goals:

  • to create a platform for peacebuilding scholars and practitioners on key issues to improve policy-oriented research and fieldwork on peace processes;
  • to open up the domain to a wider audience.

Register for the event here.


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