Africa in an Era of Cascading Risks and Climate Vulnerability: Pathways for a Peaceful, Resilient and Sustainable Continent

About the Event

The third edition of the Aswan Forum aims to advance a green transformative recovery agenda that strengthens Africa’s ability to address cascading risks in the pursuit of sustainable peace and development, and a climate-safe future. Its discussions will be building up to the Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP27), to be hosted by Egypt in November 2022.


Develop context-specific and action-oriented recommendations to advance a green, transformative recovery agenda in Africa post-Covid-19.

Propose a set of actions and measures to promote resilient, inclusive and sustainable pathways, grounded in robust institutions and long-term solutions, that ensure Africa achieves its peace, development and climate goals.

Continue to advance the operationalization of the humanitarian-development-peace nexus (HDPN).


  • Cascading Risks
  • Climate Adaptation and Peacebuilding Nexus
  • Combating Terrorism
  • Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD)
  • Financing Sustainable Peace and Development
  • Pathways for Resilience and Green Recovery
  • Climate-Displacement and Sustaining Peace
  • Climate-Water-Food-Energy Nexus
  • Culture of Peace
  • Women/Youth, Peace, Security and Development
  • The Humanitarian, Development, Peace Nexus (HDPN)

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11:00 – 11:15 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Welcome Remarks

11:15 - 11:45 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Messages from Leaders

11:45 – 13:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Opening Session:
Africa in an Era of Cascading Risks: Challenges and Responses

13:00 - 13:45 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Strengthening the Climate Adaptation and Peacebuilding Nexus: The Way Forward

13:45 - 15:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Aswan Dialogues
UN-AU Partnership in Peace Operations

(In Partnership with the Challenges Forum International Secretariat CFIS)
15:00 - 15:15 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:45 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Aswan in Practice:
Advancing Holistic Efforts to Confront Africa’s Terrorism Challenge

A Nigerian Case Study
15:15 - 17:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Aswan Dialogues
Empowering African Youth Voices for a Peaceful and Climate-Resilient Future

17:00 - 18:15 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Leveraging Women’s Role as Catalysts for Resilience Towards Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa

17:00 - 18:15 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Regional Security Arrangements and AU Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development Efforts in Africa

09:15 - 10:30 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

The Climate-Displacement Nexus and Sustaining Peace in Africa: Advancing Durable Solutions

10:45 - 12:15 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Financing Sustainable Peace and Development in the Face of Cascading Risks

10:45 - 12:15 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Aswan Dialogues
Climate and Security in Africa: Focus on the Sahel

12:15 - 12:45 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Coffee Break

12:45 - 14:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Statebuilding Challenges in Africa: Resilient Institutions for Sustainable Peace and Development

12:45 - 14:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Aswan Dialogues
Advancing Sustainable Peace and Development in the Red Sea

14:00 - 14:45 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Lunch Break

14:45 - 16:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Climate Risks and Opportunities — The Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Africa: Strengthening Cooperation for Sustaining Peace

14:45 - 16:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Aswan Dialogues
The Culture of Peace in Africa

(In Partnership with Biennale of Luanda: Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace)
16:15 - 17:30 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

Looking Ahead: COP27 and Beyond

17:30 - 18:00 Cairo Time (GMT+2)

The Aswan Conclusions on Sustainable Peace and Development

*The safety and well-being of all participants is an utmost priority and thus COVID-19 related precautionary measures will be observed.


What is the cost to attend this event?

The attendance of this event is free of charge.

Where will the event be held?

This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.

Who can attend the event?

The event is by invitation only

Which browser is best for video streaming?

We recommend Chrome and Firefox.

Can I test my system before the event?

Yes, you will be provided login credentials to test the system and get familiar with the interface.

How do I log in on day-of?

Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.

Do I need to download or install any information to be able to attend this event?

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.

Is a webcam required?

No, it is not required in order to participate.

What can I do to improve my video streaming quality?

Good internet connectivity will ensure high quality video streaming.

Who do I contact if I have troubleshooting issues on day-of?

Send an email to for any technical assistance.

The times for the live events are not convenient for me. Can I still participate?

Yes, the conference will be accessible for 30 days. You can listen to content on-demand.

How long will the on-demand content be available online after the event concludes?

The on-demand content will be hosted for 30 days following the event.

Who will I be able to chat with?

You will be able to engage with Aswan Forum, Event Speakers, and Event Sponsors and Exhibitors. Please visit the live sessions as well as the interactive kiosks in the exhibit hall.

Will I be able to take away information or brochures from the event?

Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can choose from the available documents, add the selection to your online swag bag and email them to yourself. You can share items with friends and family by simply entering their email address.

What can I expect at the Virtual Event?

Attend live online presentations; download valuable, educational materials; chat live with presenters, events sponsors, and other attendees.

What are the COVID-19 requirements for travel and on-site?

The Aswan Forum is being held in a hybrid format, with an in-person component in Cairo. If you are travelling to Egypt to take part in the Forum, please make sure to observe travel restrictions and Covid-19 guidelines with regards to vaccination and testing. Please also refer to the logistical note for further details on applicable regulations. The safety and well-being of all attendees is an utmost priority and thus all precautionary measures set forth by the Egyptian Ministry of Health, including use of masks at the venue and enforcement of social distancing, will be observed.