Agenda of first edition

Lome Peace and Security Forum 2023
October 20-22, 2023 | Hôtel 2 Février

Friday, October 20 | Venue : Keran Room

17:00 – 18:30

Ministerial session

18:30 – 20:30 

Welcome cocktail

Saturday, October 21 | Venue : Concorde Room

08:00 – 08:30 

Arrivals of Participants

08:30 – 08:35 

Musical interlude

08:35 – 08:40 

Opening Message from African Youth

08:40 – 08:50 

Introduction of the Forum
Dr. Abdisaid Muse Ali, Chairperson, Former Minister of foreign affairs of Somalia

08:50 – 08:55 

Speech by the African Union Representative

08:55 – 09:00 

Speech by the United Nations Organization Representative
Dr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations

09:00 – 09:05 

Welcome remarks
H.E Prof. Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs , regional integration and Togolese abroad

09:05 – 09:15

Musical interlude

09:15 – 09:35 

Opening Ceremony

H.E. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, President of the Republic of Togo

09:35 – 10:15 

Group Photo and Coffee Break

Panel I: Factors of Fragility of State and Institutions in Africa

10:15 – 11:45 

Conference Speakers

Panelists interventions

Dr. Gomes Aristide, Former Prime Minister of Guinea Bissau
Dr. Lori-Anne Theroux-Benoni, Regional Director of Institute for Security Studies (Iss)
Prof. Filakota Richard, Sociologist and Anthropologist, Director of National School of Magistracy – Bangui, Central African Republic
Dr. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Director Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors


Dr. Vasu Gounden, Director of ACCORD

11:45 – 12:30

Questions and open discussion

12:30 – 14:00


Panel II: Political and Security Challenges Inhibiting Political Transition to Democratic Governance

14:00 – 15:30 

Conference Speakers

Panelists interventions

H.E. Mrs. Sylvie Baipo Temon, Minister of foreign affairs, francophonie and centrafricans Abroad of Central African Republic Prof. Morten Boas, research professor at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs Amb. Roey Gilad, Ambassador, Center for Policy Research, Israel Amb. Catherine Evans Director of European and African Affairs at Independent Diplomat


Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf, Vice Chancellor of Beaconhouse National University and former National Security Advisor of Pakistan

15:30  – 16:15 

Questions and open discussion

16:15 – 16:45 

Coffe break

Panel III: Building Strong Institutions and the Rule of Law in Africa

16:45 – 18:15 

Conference Speakers

Panelists interventions

Amb. Adeoye Bankole, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security
Dr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, Judge, former President of International Court of Justice
Dr. Gwendolyn Myers, Beyond Borders Organization
Prof. Babacar Kante, Constitutional Lawyer at Gaston Berger University
Dr. Nicholas Westcott, Professor of Practice at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London


Amb. Kamissa Camara, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Senior Advisor for Africa at United States Institute of Peace

18:15 – 19:00 

Questions and open discussion



Sunday, October 22 | Venue : Concorde Room

08:30 – 08:45 

Highlight of the day one

Panel IV: International and sub-regional organizations: what role should they play in supporting political transitions ?

08:45 – 10:15 

Conference Speakers

Panelists interventions

H.E. Abdoulaye Diop, Minister of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation of Mali
Mr. Joseph Kokou Koffigoh, Avocate, former Prime Minister of Togo
Mr. Jean Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations
Dr. Stephan Klingebiel, Programme Director at Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Dr. Andrew E. Yaw Tchie, Senior Fellow, Training for Peace Coordinator


Amb. Said Djinnit, former UN Special Advisor

10:15 – 11:00 

Questions and open discussion

11:00 – 11:15 

Coffee break

Panel V: African solutions - mobilizing continental innovation and agility

11:15  – 12:45 

Conference Speakers

Panelists interventions

H.E. Mrs. Olivia Ragnaghnewendé Rouamba, Minister of foreign affairs and cooperation of Burkina Faso
Prof. Kako Nubukpo, Economist, West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU), Commissioner in charge of the department of agriculture, water resources and environment
Prof. Issa Saibou, Historian and Specialist in security issues in the Sahel
Mr. Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya
Mr. Graeme Simpson, Interpeace’s Senior Peacebuilding Advisor and Principal, New York Representative


Dr. Sarah- Myriam Martin-Brûlé, professor, department of politics and international Studies, Bishop’s University

12:45 – 13:30 

Questions and open discussion

13:30 – 15:15 


15:15 – 15:45 

Final declaration

15:45 – 16:00 

Closing ceremony

H.E. Prof. Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs , regional integration and Togolese abroad


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