A three-day Munich Security Conference (MSC 2019) kicked off at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Germany on Friday bringing together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders from around the world.
The conference is set to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges of human security.
The conference features the future of arms control and cooperation in defence policy as well as examine intersection between trade and international security, effects of climate change and technological innovations on the international security.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the conference along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, Ukraine President Petro Poroschenko, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Member of the 19th Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party Yang Jiechi.
Over 40 other foreign and defence ministers from the EU and NATO, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Pakistan and the Philippines are also taking part in the conference.
The conference began with welcome speech of the MSC 2019 chairman Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger. Federal Minister of Defence of Germany Ursula Von dear Leyen and UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson delivered opening statements.
Over the course of the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has developed into the world’s leading forum for the debate of international security policy.
Repeatedly rated as “Best Think Tank Conference” in the world, the MSC provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space.
In addition to its annual flagship conference, the MSC regularly convenes high-profile events on particular topics and regions and publishes the Munich Security Report.
The goal of the conference is to provide the best possible platforms for an open exchange of opinions, ideas, and solutions on the critical security policy issues.