The Council of the Baltic Sea States addresses societal security challenges in the Baltic Sea Region

11 June 2018 16:30 – 12 June 2018 16:30
Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

A joint conference organised by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled Managing Complexity: addressing societal security challenges in the Baltic Sea Region will be held in Stockholm in June. The Conference is organised in the context of the Swedish Presidencies of the Barents-Euro Arctic Council, the Council of the Baltic Sea States and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The keynote address will be given by Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström.

Only by taking a holistic overview of regional mechanisms and realities can societal security by mapped and addressed. A special breakout session on a new strategy for the Arctic Council (currently chaired by Finland) is also on the agenda.  

The conference will discuss strategies to provide safety for people and build effective resilience in the face of various contingencies, ranging from climate change to terrorism and major infrastructural disruptions. The transnational nature of many societal security challenges requires regional cooperation. Regional cooperation is not only more effective than the efforts of a single state but also a necessary aspect of national preparedness. Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region has been evolving to include societal safety and security issues on the agenda of regional intergovernmental institutions, including the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).

Our Director General Amb. Maira Mora will be participating in the opening plenary session on “Challenges in the Baltic Sea Region: The scope of the problems” alongside Rainer Saks, Secretary General for the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Professor Bengt Sundelius from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. The plenary session will be moderated by Dan Smith, Director of SIPRI. The CBSS and MSB co-coordinate Policy Area Secure of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

“I believe that only by working together and cooperating can we find answers to our regions pressing complex challenges. Platforms such as the SIPRI Conference on the Baltic Sea Region allow discussion and exchanges to be made at both a multinational and a multidisciplinary level. By bringing together prominent experts, academics as well as decisions and policymakers from the whole Baltic Sea Region, we can address and hopefully solve some of our common challenges and help build a stronger societal security culture.” says the CBSS Director General Maira Mora.

On the second day, the keynote address in the morning will be given by Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers, one of our sister councils.

The plenary session in the morning on “Climate change adaptation and civil protection: building the synergies” includes Cecilie Daae, the Director General of The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) and Paola Albrito, the Chief of the Regional UNISDR Office for Europe.

CBSS representatives will be participating throughout the event and in the simultaneous breakout sessions such as “Nuclear security cooperation in the Baltic Sea region”. Our Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings (TF-THB) Policy Officer Endrit Mujaj will be speaking on the topic of gender-based violence (GBV) and trafficking. The session “Gender-Based Violence: enhancing regional knowledge and local capacity” will discuss the trends of GBV in the Baltic Sea Region focusing on examples of existing local responses and current capacity gaps.

The closing plenary session “The way ahead: how to manage complex societal security challenges in the Baltic Sea region” will wrap up the two-day conference with a distinguished panel of High-level Foreign Ministry representatives from our Member States including, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Poland,


For registration to the conference please email –

For media inquiries for SIPRI, please contact –
Stephanie Blenckner
Director of Communications
( +46 8 655 97 47)

For Media enquiries for CBSS, please contact –
Anthony Jay Olsson
Head of Media and Communications
( +46 8 440 1940)

For specific topical enquiries for the CBSS, please contact –
Endrit Mujaj
Policy Officer
CBSS Task Force against Trafficking in Human Beings
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Andriy Martynenko
Project Officer
European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Secure co-coordinated by the CBSS and MSB

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