Munich Security Conference 2017 Kicks Off – Full Agenda and List of Participants Now Available

From Friday until Sunday, more than 500 decision-makers from across the globe, including more than 25 heads of state and government, 80 foreign and defense ministers, and strong delegations from the new US administration and from Congress, come together in Munich for discussions on major international security challenges.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will address the Munich audience on Saturday morning (Photo: MSC).

The first conference day will start with opening statements by German and US Defense Ministers Ursula von der Leyen and James N. Mattis, followed by debates on the future of the European Union, NATO, and the West. On Saturday morning, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Vice President Mike Pence, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres will address the Munich audience. The outgoing German Federal President Joachim Gauck will be awarded with this year’s Ewald von Kleist Award on Saturday evening.


On the sidelines of the debates in the main conference halls, hundreds of bilateral diplomatic meetings as well as side events by renowned international institutions and organizations are set to take place.


The full program and list of participantsAgenda and Participants is now available for download on our website, where we also provide select analyses, an overview of media coverage, numerous photo series, videos and more. The interested public may also choose from a number of additional options to follow the debates in Munich, including live videos and extensive social media coverage of the proceedings on stage and behind the scenes (more info).



About the Munich Security Conference

Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international "strategic community." Since its foundation in 1963 as "Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung," the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue. In addition to the annual flagship conference in February, the MSC regularly convenes other high-profile events in capitals around the world.


The Munich Security Conference would like to thank the German government, the government of the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Munich and its many partners from the public and private sector for their support. Without them, hosting such a complex event would not be possible. A list of our supporters is available here.

17 February 2017, by MSC