Stockholm, 29 June 2022 (TDI): A three-day Yemen International Forum opened in Stockholm, Sweden. The forum provided a platform for Yemenis to discuss the political and economic situation of the country.
It also provided a platform to summon ideas in favor of conflict resolution and peace building in Yemen.
Yemen’s international forum was co-hosted by Sweden’s Folke Bernadotte Academy and Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies.
It opened from 17-19 June in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, and it drew almost 200 participants
These include activists, researchers, politicians, members of the government and people from all across the political spectrum in Yemen.
Ambassadors of the international community, including the United Nations Security Council, were in attendance.
Permanent members and representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) also joined the discussion at the forum.
The forum sought to provide a platform for Yemenis to engage in constructive dialogue. This covers security issues and the economic and political situation of the country with other participants.
Furthermore, the platform enabled Yemen to discuss policies and recommendations to establish peace building and conflict resolution in the state.
Yemen International Forum 2022
The Swedish Foreign Minister, Ann Linde, attended the meeting. In her speech, she highlighted, “It is more than ever to keep the crisis in Yemen at the top of the international agenda –and to continue to build on the positive developments in the peace efforts.”
The United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen, Hans Grundberg, noted in his opening speech that the dynamic political debate in Yemen has a long history and now “it must return to the negotiating table”.
Moreover, the idea behind the establishment of the forum was to create and provide a platform for people all across Yemen.
This would enable Yemen to engage in the peace process, share different political views and discuss crucial issues.
Therefore, this would also bring harmony in order to move towards a peaceful future for Yemen with both civil society and experts.