The Slovenia Times

Bled Strategic Forum to focus on safeguarding future


Security challenges will be in focus at the leaders' panel as "current developments in the international community give a cause for concern", the Government Communication Office announced on Monday.

Inability to successfully deal with challenges posed by growing instability could "lead to serious regional and global negative security-policy scenarios," the organisers, the Foreign Ministry and the Centre for European Perspective, believe.

What is more, success in dealing with these challenges will depend on the capacity for integration and will be based on solidarity, responsiveness, and respect for universal standards, norms and values, they added.

Other panels at the BSF, which has become one of the leading international top-tier events in the region, will also host debates on water in the world, on the future of the EU and energy instability.

Apart from that, the participants - over 500 heads of state and government, ministers, diplomats and other decision makers are expected - will also discuss security in relation to human rights, adapting security in Europe to new kinds of threats as well as the Western Balkans and whether the EU remains a driving force in the region.

The business BSF will meanwhile focus on discovering innovative opportunities and the young BSF will discuss their mobility and political participation, cooperation among generations in smart cities.

The BSF will be held on 5 and 6 September in the town of Bled.


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