56. Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz

Munich Security Conference

Munich Security Conference: More than 500 decision-makers expected

From February 14 to 16, more than 500 high-level international decision-makers will meet at the 56th Munich Security Conference, chaired by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger. In Munich, these leaders from the fields of politics, business, academia, and civil society will discuss current crises and future security challenges.

Themes of the Munich Security Conference 2020

In recent years, the West as we know it has become contested both from within and from without. A common understanding of what it means to be part of the West is fading. The Munich Security Report 2020, the official primer for this year’s Munich Security Conference, refers to this phenomenon as “Westlessness.” Faced with a new great-power competition and a multitude of crises that require a concerted Western response, what does it mean for the world if the West cannot agree on a common strategy leaves the stage to others?

The MSC 2020 will seek answers and solutions to this fundamental question by examining the European project, defence cooperation, and the liberal international order as a whole. But far from Western navel-gazing, decision-makers and experts from across the globe will discuss hotspots from Libya to the Persian Gulf and further to East Asia. Pressing global challenges will be a focal point, above all the effects of climate change, but also the intersections of trade and technological progress with international security.

Large number of international decision-makers expected

Leading voices from Western countries will take the stage in Munich. French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the MSC for the first time. Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to open the conference. The US Delegation will be even larger than last year: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouillette, will be present along with Congressional Delegations from both parties, including the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will attend representing the transatlantic alliance. The MSC will also be a platform for the EU, with several members of the new European Commission taking the stage.

Mirroring the rising role of Asia, the MSC will see more prominent representatives from the region than ever before, including the foreign ministers of China and – for the first time – India: Wang Yi and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. In order for pressing crises in the Middle East to be addressed in Munich, foreign ministers from Russia and Iran – Sergey Lavrov and Mohammad Javad Zarif – will take part, as will many other high-level representatives from the region.

Africa will be represented by key leaders from the G5 Sahel States – including the Presidents of Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus outbreak, Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is set to attend, along with numerous leading figures of other international organizations. To address the crucial role of technology and trade in international affairs, many international business leaders will be present, among them Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

All told, more than 35 heads of state or government, as well as over 100 foreign and defence ministers are expected at the conference. An expanded preliminary list of senior participants can be found here.

Numerous events outside the Main Hall

A trademark of the MSC, the 2020 conference will again be accompanied by dozens of official side events by partner organizations, and by thousands of bilateral and multilateral meetings. Among others, a follow-up meeting to the Berlin Conference on Libya and a ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition Against Daesh will convene. The MSC itself will host roundtables including topics such as the Arctic, Health, Energy, Cyber Security, and Transnational Security, along with a number of events for the interested public.

About the Munich Security Conference

Over the course of the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference has developed into the world’s leading forum for the debate of international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 500 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges. 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. Our goal will always be to provide the best possible platforms for an open exchange of opinions, ideas, and solutions on the critical security policy issues of our time.

In December 2018, the Munich Security Conference Foundation was established to ensure the independence and long-term sustainability of the Munich Security Conference and its growing activities in an era of geopolitical uncertainty. The Foundation strives to provide a solid institutional basis for the future development of the MSC and its growing portfolio of activities.

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Schirmherrschaft: Dr. Markus Söder (Bayerischer Ministerpräsident), Richard Grenell (US Botschafter Berlin), Dieter Reiter (Oberbürgermeister der Landeshauptstadt München) und Meghan Gregonis (US-Generalkonsulin in München, sie sprach ebenfalls Grußworte). Chairlady Ulrike Grimm führt durch den Abend, dessen Höheppunkt die Debütantinnen und Debütanten sind. Die Narhalla begeistert mit der Show "Wiener Melange" und selbstverständlich ist das offizielle Münchner Prinzepaar dabei.

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