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The 2019 Program looks beyond addressing global governance issues based on projects and initiatives, to take a more transversal approach in discussing the pressing challenges related to multilateralism today. A series of discussions on the “governance of governance” touches upon the core topics of the Forum to address transversal questions that affect each of them.

– Anti-globalism and the rise of populism

– Social inequalities or the tension between “end of the world” and “end of the month”

– How multilateralism is doing: The glass half-full and the glass-half-empty

– A better North/South balance in international organizations

Innovative formats encourage open dialogue

Sessions are constructed in a variety of innovative formats to consistently encourage close conversations, gather advice from experts and craft sustainable peace. The program favors short and dynamic sessions. Among the various debate formats, the Forum allows for many direct interactions with project leaders and key public figures. In the Hearing sessions, for example, project leaders present their initiative before heads of State and government present to hear their feedback.

Also including the launch of brand new initiatives, the 2019 debates are specially crafted to encourage open dialogue between a multitude of various actors of global governance. Many debates will be followed by a Q&A session for direct interaction with the participants, as well as various opportunities to interact directly via the Paris Peace Forum mobile application.

Program Highlights

11 November

The first day of the 2019 Paris Peace Forum will feature the Soft Opening, a preview evening reception reserved for members of the Paris Peace Forum community. Following an official welcome by Pascal Lamy, President of the Paris Peace Forum, Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, will say a few words. The Paris Peace Forum is also please to welcome back Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, to make an address during the Soft Opening.

Please note that the Soft Opening is reserved for the immediate community of the Forum, and is not open to journalists or members of the press.

12 November

The prestigious Opening Ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30am, with a word of welcome from Trisha Shetty, President of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee, and featuring:

  • Ursula von der Leyen, President-Elect of the European Commission
  • Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China
  • Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Throughout the day, we invite you to head to the Space for Solutions to discover the 114 global governance projects that will be pitching their initiatives throughout the Forum.

Debate sessions: In addition to convening governance initiatives form all over the world, the Paris Peace Forum also offera a rich agenda of 80+ debates covering the major challenges facing today’s world. The official start of the debate sessions is 10:30am. To consult the full program, including location, speakers, and detailed description, we invite you to:

A selection of debate sessions – We invite you to find a selection of can’t-miss debate sessions on the agenda for the 12 November:

  • Rise of the south: towards a more balanced global governance system

November 12, 2019; 11:00 – 12:00 Location: Agora 1

Over the years, Global South countries have requested several reforms to the existing multilateral system, to no avail. South-South platforms have therefore developed and strengthened. However, our globalized world such as ours, Southern challenges are in fact global and shared. How can we build a more inclusive architecture and update and strengthen the North-South dialogue and partnership?

Participants: HEM Paul Biya, President Cameroon; Mohan Kumar, President Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS); HE HOR Namhong, Vice Prime Minister, Cambodia; Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of Organisation internationale de la Francophonie; Hossam Zaki, Assistant Secretary General, League of Arab States

Moderator: Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

  • First anniversary of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace: building a multi-stakeholder approach to cybersecurity

November 12, 2019; 12:15-13:15 Location: Agora 1

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace was launched at the Paris Peace Forum on 12 November 2018. For the first time, a cybersecurity initiative gathered actors of different sectors – states, companies and civil society organizations – who agreed on clear norms and obligations to strengthen online security for all. They are now more than 500 signatories worldwide. How can we continue to promote a resolutely multi-stakeholder approach to cyberspace regulation, and how best to combine these efforts with the UN tracks?

Participants: John Frank, Vice President, European Union Government Affairs, Microsoft, Eugene Kaspersky, CEO Kaspersky Lab, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State, Cédric O, Secretary of State, Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and  Sherpa to the G20, OECD

Moderator: Professor Frédérick Douzet, Institut Francais de Geopolitique, Université Paris 8

  • Still Not Equal: How to Make the Generation Equality Forum of July 2020 a Transformational Moment

November 12, 2019; 14:00-15:00 Location: Auditorium

Earlier this year, France and Mexico agreed to host the Generation Equality Forum in 2020. This Forum, convened by UN Women and organized in close partnership with civil society, aims to celebrate the 25thanniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, and give new impetus to the women’s rights initiatives born from this conference. This session will take stock of the current situation, share examples of good practices that can be replicated or scaled-up as well as put forward further commitments, in preparation for this global women’s rights milestone.

Speakers: Martha Delgado, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Mexico, Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination, Mildred Nzau, Youth Expert AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, Anita Bhatia, United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General and Deputy, Executive Director of UN Women, Alexandra Palt, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer & Executive Vice-President of the Foundation, L’Oréal Group, Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Finland

Moderator: Annette Young, Journalist, France 24

  • Art of Dialogue, Dialogue of the Arts
    November 12, 2019; 15:15-16:15 Location: Agora 1

Culture and the arts are powerful agents of peace. The dialogue between cultural institutions, including private ones, is built on fostering personal relationships that transcend traditional diplomacy. As such, it is crucial to international understanding and cooperation. Museums, art collectors and cultural representatives can help further understanding and prosperity through art, overcoming age-old suspicions and the unstable nature of international relations. This panel explores the intersection of art and diplomacy.

Speakers: Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Franck Riester, Minister of Culture,Ministry of Culture, France (sous réserve de QAG), Anibal Jozami,  President Bienalsur, Marina Loshak, Director of The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Thomas S. Kaplan,  Founder of The Leiden Collection, Chairman of the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH),  Chairman of The Electrum Group

Moderator: Steven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for Europe, The New York Times

  • COP15 Kunming: Last Boarding Call for Biodiversity

November 12, 2019; 16:30-17:30 Location Agora 1

Just one year away from the COP 15 in Kunming, one million species are threatened, with humans at the root of the vast majority of damage to lands and marine ecosystems. In 2020, China will host the next major international forum on biodiversity conservation, an event that requires active preparation of the agreement to be signed. The Paris Peace Forum must serve as a preparatory platform to lay this foundation for the adoption of a new global framework for post-2020 biodiversity governance. To succeed, a paradigm of change in biodiversity governance is essential. Could multilateralism make a difference in Kunming?

Speakers: Huang  Runqiu, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, Liu Ning, Deputy Director General, Department of Nature and Ecology Conservation, MEE, Lead negotiator, COP15, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, founding Managing Director of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund), Brune Poirson, Minister of State attached to the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Yin Myo SU, General director Inle Princess and Charperson of the Inle Heritage Foundation, Myanmar

Moderator: Jean-Pierre Raffarin, ex-Prime Minister, Chairperson of Leaders for Peace

  • Surviving Climate Wrath: Building Resilient Infrastructure in an Age of Global Warming

November 12, 2019; 16:30-17:30 Location: Auditorium

Half of the world’s infrastructure that will exist in 2050 is yet to be built. This presents us with unique challenges and unprecedented opportunities. The key challenge is that during their long lifecycle, all infrastructure systems will be exposed to a range of disasters including more frequent, severe and unpredictable extreme weather and climate events. The opportunity is that given the scale of investment, if we get it right, we can lock-in resilience for the long term. India, in collaboration with partner countries and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, is launching a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). The Paris Peace Forum will be a unique platform to advance dialogue under the CDRI and engage a range of stakeholders with a view to identify specific areas where international cooperation and mutual exchange can promote disaster and climate resilient infrastructure. The message is clear: let’s invest in resilience!

Speakers: Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation, Kamal Kishore, Director, NDMA, and initiator of the Coalition for Resilient Infrastructure, Koen Doens, Director General International Cooperation and Development at European Commission, Antoine Denoix, CEO, AXA Climate, S.E. M. le Président Azali Assoumani, Comoros

Moderator: Onno Rühl, General Manager, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)

  • The Future of trade rules

November 12, 2019; 16:30-17:30 Location: The Stage

With the creation of the WTO, the 1990s saw decisive progress in the development of world trade rules, helping consolidate economic globalization. Since then, geopolitical power shifts and the 2008 crisis have inflamed tensions between countries. So much so, that some of these rules are now being challenged and the very existence of the WTO is threatened. This high-level panel will attempt to determine whether a new consensus can be found to save the existing trade order.

Speakers: Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Chair of the International Gender Champion Global Board, Alan Wolff, Deputy Director-General, WTO, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of  Singapore (MAS), Hu Shuli, Publisher, Caixin Media

Moderator: Pascal Lamy, President of the Peace Paris Forum

  • Looted Art: Taking African Cultural Heritage Restitution Forward

November 12, 2019; 16:45-17:45 Location: Amphitheatre

Culture is a key element of identity, as well as of mutual knowledge and understanding. While most of African cultural heritage remains outside the continent following colonization, the present moment represents a key opportunity to build new relationships, while repairing some of the damaged caused during the period. However, the restitution of cultural heritage raises political, legal, practical and ethical questions, and its implementation hinges on consensus. How can we work collaboratively towards new relational ethics? How can a restitution system which ensures the rightful/original owners keep control of their cultural artifacts and assets be designed? What should an effective process of repatriation of African works of art look like?

Speakers: Prof Dr Ines de Castro, Director, Linden Museum, Achille Mbembe, Professor of history and political science and director of research, Witwatersrand Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Prof. Leopoldo Amado, Commissioner for Education, Science and Culture,  ECOWAS/CEDEAO, Lazare Eloundou Assomo, Director of Culture and Emergencies, UNESCO, Andreas Görgen, Director-General Culture and Communication, German Federal Foreign Office

Moderator: Nathalie Delapalme, Executive Director Mo Ibrahim Foundation

  • How do we Share Useful Data? The Promised Land of Data Commons

November 12, 2019; 18:45-19:45 Location: Agora 2

Competition, privacy and security concerns are challenging how governments, NGOs and entrepreneurs harness data and AI for good. Initiatives like Global Data Commons and others aims to address these challenges by lowering barriers to data collection, sharing and use through legal, operational and ethical frameworks. Specifically, the data commons can help deliver on the SDGs, and the discussion will start from a concrete question: how can NGOs share nature conservation data among themselves and beyond?

Speakers: Yolanda Lannquist, Head of Research & Advisory, The Future Society, Frederic Launay,  President & CEO, Panthera, Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

13 November

For the last day of the Paris Peace Forum, doors will again open beginning at 7am. The rich agenda of debate sessions and project pitches will continue beginning promptly at 9am.

Selection of debates – Don’t forget to explore all the sessions that make up the rich 2019 debate agenda. We invite you to find a selection of can’t-miss debate sessions on the agenda for the 13 November:

  • Can you be a green Gilet Jaune? Ensuring the social sustainability of environmental efforts

November 13, 2019; 09:00-10:00 Location: Agora 1

In the wake of the yellow vests movement in France, the need for global policies – in particular on climate change – that are socially acceptable to all has become urgent. This debate has been cast as the tension between ‘end of the world’ and ‘end of the month’. Tending to the first preoccupation is vital to the future of mankind, while tending to the second is vital to the first. If we want to ensure the social sustainability of climate efforts, the two political objectives will have to be reconciled, and the two constituencies – sometimes overlapping – will have to agree on new policies. Beyond climate, the Gilets Jaunesand the community of global governance activists share many concerns, like fiscal justice, that offer a platform for political discussion.

Speakers: Ingrid Levavasseur, Activist, Michel Colombier, Co-founder, Scientific Director, Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Moderator: Sylvie Kaufmann, Editorial Director & Columnist, Le Monde

  • Rehab: Shaping a More Effective Response to Drug Trafficking Worldwide

November 13, 2019; 11:30-12:30 Location: Agora 1

Global evidence, UN reports and scientific literature indicate that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed to achieve its objectives of eliminating or reducing the production, consumption and trafficking of illegal drugs. Furthermore, it has created major negative consequences, mostly unintended, impacting economic, social and cultural sectors. These include mass incarcerations; a thriving illegal drug market; the spread of infectious diseases; the lack of access to pain relief medication; and gross human rights violations. The panel covers essential areas where cooperation between stakeholders can lead to shaping an effective, humane and cost-effective response to drugs.

Speakers: Martha Delgado, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Mexico, Svante Myrick, Mayor of City of Ithaca, United States, Ruth Dreifuss, Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS Executive Director, Alexander Soros, Deputy Chair of the Global Board, Open Society Foundations

Moderator: Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor of International History, Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • My country first! Anti-Globalism and the Questioning of Collective Action

November 13, 2019; 14:30-15:30 Location: Agora 1

The past years have seen growing discontent and outward questioning of global elites and global institutions – including traditional multilateral bodies. A wave of political sentiment putting forward national sovereignty, protectionism and nationalism has swept the planet, putting in question not only future global governance efforts, but also existing international rules and mechanisms. In a world were challenges are increasingly interconnected and require collective action, how can we take these voices into account? How do we rebuild faith in the global architecture in the age of ‘my country first’?

Speakers: Julius Krein, Editor, American Affairs, Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board, Institute for Contemporary Development, Luis Rubio, Chairman COMEXI (Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales) and México Evalúa

Moderator: Sophie Pedder, Paris Bureau Chief The Economist

  • Geo-Engineering Climate: Shortcut to Cooling the Planet or Playing With Fire?

November 13, 2019; 15:00-15:45 Location: Agora 2

The climate crisis is real. More than 20 years after the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, states and private actors have failed to curb climate change – with devastating consequences. Greenhouse gas removal or solar radiation management are sometimes heralded as the long-awaited quick fixes. But geoengineering comes with many uncertainties regarding its effectiveness and unintended side effects. Should we interfere with natural systems at such large scale? Does geoengineering present a moral hazard? Or is it the miracle cure we have been waiting for?

Speakers: Elizabeth Burns, Managing Director,Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Harvard University, Kai Uwe Barani Schmidt,  Senior Program Director, Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G)

Moderator: Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow in Global Governance and Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program Council on Foreign Relations

Noteworthy participants

For the second edition of the annual Paris Peace Forum, 30+ Heads of State and Government will be joined by numerous leaders of international organizations and companies and various actors of civil society.

Heads of State and Government

Albania, President Ilir Meta

Andorra, Prime Minister Xavier Espot Zamora

Austria, Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein

Belgium, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès

Cameroon, President Paul Biya

Central African Republic, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Chad, President Idriss Déby

Comoros, President Azali Assoumani

Congo – DRC, President Félix Tshisekedi

Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades

Djibouti, President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh

Equatorial Guinea, President Teodoro Obiang

Estonia, President Kersti Kaljulaid

France, President Emmanuel Macron

Kosovo, President Hashim Thaçi

Latvia, President Egils Levits

Liberia, President George Weah

Madagascar, Prime Minister Christian Ntsay

Mali, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

Malta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat

Niger, President Mahamadou Issoufou

North Macedonia, President Stevo Pendarovski

Serbia, President Aleksandar Vučić

Sierra Leone, President Julius Maada Bio

Somalia, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre

Tajikistan, President Emomali Rahmon

Tunisia, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed

Other high-level officials

Angola, Carolina Cerqueira, Minister of Culture

Burkina Faso, Moumina Cheriff Sy, State Minister, Minister of Defense

Cambodia, Hor Namhong, Deputy Minister of the Royal Government

Cape Verde, Luis Filipe Tavares, Minister for Foreign Affairs

China, Wang Qishan, Vice-President

Congo – DRC, Willy Kitobo Samsoni, Minister of Mines

Congo – DRC, Nene Nkulu Ilunga, Minister of Trade and Social Welfare

Congo, Jean Claude Gakosso, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Côte d’Ivoire, Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, President of the Senate

Cuba, Alpidio Alonso Grau, Minister of Culture

Czech Republic, Aleš Chmelař, Deputy Minister of European Affairs

Denmark, Jeppe Kofod, Minister for Foreign Affairs

United Arab Emirates, Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture

Finland, Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Gabon, Alain Claude Bilie-By-Nze, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Germany, Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Greece, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, Deputy Prime Minister

Guatemala, Oscar Hugo Lopez, Minister for Education

India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mauritania, Ismaël Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Mexico, Martha Delgado, State Secretary of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Morocco, Nasser Bourita, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Myanmar, Gyi Myo Thein, Union Minister for Education

Netherlands, Stef Blok, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Norway, Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Digitalization

Palestine, Riyad Al-Maliki, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Philippines, Carlito Galvez, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Qatar, SE Salah Ghanim N.A. Al-Maadheed, Minister for Culture & Sport

Republic of the Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Russia, Sergueï Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs

El Salvador, Félix Ulloa, Vice-President

Senegal, Sidika Kaba, Minister of the Armed Forces

Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister of Singapore

Singapore, Grace Fu, Minister of Culture, Communities and Youth of Singapore

South Africa, Angelina Matsie Motshekga, Minister for Education

South Korea, Kim Joon Hyung, Chancelor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy

Switzerland, Jon Albert Fanzun, Special Envoy for Foreign Policy and Security Related to Cyberspace

Sweden, Annika Söder, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Turkmenistan, Aknabat Atabayeve, Deputy Minister for Education

United Arab Emirates, Noura Al Kaabi, Minister for Culture

Vatican, Mgr Paul Richard Gallagher, State Secretary for the International Relations

Vietnam, Hoai Trung LE, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs

Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV

International and regional organizations

António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, United Nations General Assembly

Ursula von der Leyen, President, European Commission

Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank

Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross

Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organisation

Angel Gurria, General Secretary, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary-General, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Catherine Cano, Administrator, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Alan Wolff, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation

Koen Doens, Director General, DEVCO, European Commission

Pierre Heilbronn, Vice-President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Hilde Hardeman, Head of the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia

Marina Kaljurand, MEP, Social Democratic Party, Former Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Karen Melchior, MEP, Danish Social-Liberal Party

Franck Bousquet, Senior Director of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict & Violence Group

Mario Sander, Special Representative and Director Europe, World Bank

Thomas Greminger, Secretary General, OSCE

Frank Rijsberman, Director General, Global Green Growth Institute

Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Center

Guy Drut, Special Envoy of the International Olympic Committee to the UNESCO

Maria Luisa Silva, Director of the Geneva Office, UNDP

Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Council of Europe

Alexandre Stutzmann, Minister-Counsellor of the President of the United Nations General Assembly

Noëlla Richard, Director, Youth Policy, United Nations Development Programme

Olivier Lavinal, Programme Manager, World Bank

Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, OECD Center for Entrepreneurship, SMES, Regions and Cities

French ministers and officials

Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of Education

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance

Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, State Secretary to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Amélie de Montchalin, State Secretary for European Affairs

Cédric O, State Secretary to the Minister of the Economy and Finance, in charge of Digital affairs

Muriel Pénicaud, Minister of Trade

Brune Poirson, State Secretary to the Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture

Marlène Schiappa, State Secretary to the Prime Minister for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris

Hélène N’Garnim Ganga, Director of the Political & Civic Transition Department, AFD

Patrick Ollier, President, Métropole du Grand Paris

Jérémie Pellet, Director General, Expertise France

Fleur Pellerin, Former Minister for Culture and Communication

Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Former Prime Minister, President,Leaders for Peace

Odile Renaud-Basso, Director General for the Treasury and Club de Paris President

Rémy Rioux, Director General, AFD Group

Henri Verdier, Ambassador for Digital Affairs

Notable speakers from civil society

Fauziya Abdi Ali, Founder and President, Women in International Security-Horn of Africa

Jean-Luc Allavena, Président Aspen France

Jacques Audibert, Secretary General, Suez

Bertrand Badré, CEO, Blue Like An Orange Sustainable Capital

Nicolas Bauquet, Research Director, Institut Montaigne

Miren Bengoa, Chief Delegate, Chanel Foundation

Assia Bensalah Alaoui, Itinerant Ambassdor of S.M. King Mohammed VI

Pascal Boniface, Director, Institut de relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS)

Soundouss Bouhia, Project Manager, Royal Cabinet of the Kingdom of Morocco

Anne Bouverot, Chairperson of the Board, Technicolor

Jean-Louis Chaussade, Président, Suez

Lindsay Coates, Executive Director, BRAC USA

Ronald Cohen, Chairman, The Portland Trust

Michel Colombier, Co-Founder & Scientific Director, IDDRI

Marion Darrieutort, CEO, Elan Edelman

Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner & President, Allen & Overy

Christophe Deloire, General Secretary, Reporters sans Frontières

Haifa Dia Al-Attia, Vice-president Economic Growth and Regional Development, Luminus Education

Michel Duclos, French Diplomat and Counsellor, Institut Montaigne

Andrew Fielding, Vice-President, Samsung Electronics

John Franck, Vice President, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft

Antoine Frérot, PDG, Veolia

Patrick Gaspard, President, Open Society Foundation

Thomas Gomart, Director, IFRI

Phil Gordon, Senior Fellow in US foreign policy at the Council of Foreign Relations       

Olivier Goudet, CEO, JAB

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs      

Marc Hecker, Researcher, Center for Security Studies, IFRI

Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, President-Director General, Qatar Foundation

Mo Ibrahim, Founder and President, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Edna Jaime, Founder and Director General, México Evalúa

Thomas Kaplan, Philanthropist and art collector

Sylvie Kauffmann, Columnist, Le Monde

Eugène Kaspersky, President Director General, Kaspersky

Julius Krein, American Intellectual       

Mohan Kumar, Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Pascal Lamy, President, Paris Peace Forum

Mark Leonard,  Co-Founder and Director, European Council on Foreign Relations

Enrico Letta, Dean of the Foreign Affairs School, Sciences Po

Ingrid Levavasseur,  Activist, Yellow Vests Movement

Eric Lombard, Directeur Général, CDC

Marina Loshak  Director, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Robert Malley, CEO, International Crisis Group

Stefano Manservisi, Former Director General, DEVCO, European Commission

Achille Mbembe, Cameroonian Philosopher      

Florent Menegaux, Président, Michelin

Laurent Mignon, President of the Executive Council and CEO, Groupe BPCE

David Mills, CEO Europe, Ricoh

Rouba Mhaissen, Founder and Director, Foundation Sawa

Thierry de Montbrial, Founder and President, Institut français des relations internationales

Seung Min Ryu, Tennis Table Olympic Champion, Chair of the P’yŏngch’ang 2018 Legacy

Laurence Morvan, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Accenture

Xavier Musca, Deputy CEO, Crédit Agricole

Christine Ockrent, Journalist     

Xavier Pasco, Director, FRS

Stewart Patrick, Research Director, Council of Foreign Relations

Thomas Paulsen, Member of the Executive Committee, Körber Foundation

Joe Powell, Deputy CEO, Open Government Partnership

Anne Raphaël, President, Fondation Boyden

Natalie Rastoin, President, Ogilvy France

Ben Rhodes, American Novelist and Barack Obama’s Counsellor

Kareen Rispal, Consultative Council on Gender Equality (G7)

Mary Robinson, President, The Elders

Augustin de Romanet, President, Aéroports de Paris

Salman Shaikh, Founder, President and Director General,  The Shaikh Group

Jeremy Shapiro , Research Director, European Council on Foreign Relations

Trisha Shetty, Founder, SheSays

Antoine Sire, Directeur de l’Engagement, BNP Paribas

Alexander Soros, Deputy Chairman, Open Society Foundations

Yoichi Suzuki, Former Ambassador of Japan to France 

Nicolas Théry, President, Crédit Mutuel

Martin Tisné, Executive Director, Luminate

Justin Vaïsse, Director General, Paris Peace Forum

Hubert Védrine, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs        

Mathias Vicherat, Secrétaire général, Danone

Yenny Wahid, Director, Wahid Institute

Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia

Henry Huiyao Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization

Scott Weber, President, Interpeace

Melati Wijsen, Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Legal & General

Igor Yurgens, President, Board of Directors, Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR) and Board of Directors’ Member

Our vision

Our initiative is based on a simple observation.

Global problems without cooperative solutions lead to conflicts.
The challenges the world faces—climate change, terrorism, migration, cyber insecurity and the like—ignore borders. Addressing them requires international cooperation and collective action. However, collaboration is increasingly difficult as countries are turning inward. Today, the international community fails at producing the needed solutions.

Our world is not going in the right direction.
States are competing hard for advantage and populism is undermining the institutions and mechanisms for collective action. Democratic spaces are shrinking and inequalities are widening. Military expenditures are growing fast while the United Nations budget is cut. International norms, in particular, human rights, are disregarded. The Internet is becoming a jungle where data is hacked and fake news spread. International justice if being questioned. And we are losing the race against global warming.

This situation is not conducive to peace.
It leads to new conflicts on all continents. Peace is not just the suspension of war. Peace is made up of all the solutions that help reduce international tensions: cooperation to fight climate change and mitigate resource scarcity, institutions to channel power rivalries and better administer global public goods, regulation to address abuses of power and inequalities, intergenerational bridges and gender equality to create more peaceful societies. In other words, peace will only be sustainable if effective global governance underpins it.

Our mission

Our mission is to contribute to bridging this governance gap.

We maintain a specific focus on governance solutions in six major themes:

  1. Peace & Security
  2. Development
  3. Environment
  4. New technologies
  5. Inclusive economy
  6. Culture & Education

We support, improve, and complement multilateral institutions.
Multilateral organizations with universal membership have legitimate mandates for the creation of rules and mechanisms to solve transnational problems. We pick up the slack when these institutions cannot act or when the solutions proposed are insufficient.

We are multi-stakeholder.
We foster hybrid coalitions by gathering old and new actors of global governance: states and international organizations, but also NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.

We are project-oriented.
We showcase and support concrete projects that are either normative (instruments of law, standards, and good practices) or capacity-building (new institutions, mechanisms, and innovations).

Our work

We are both an actor and a platform to advance governance solutions when there are none.

We are an event to mobilize all stakeholders for collective action.
Our Forum is held every year on 11-13 November in Paris with the aim to place global governance at the top of the international agenda. Stakeholders discuss global governance issues and cooperate on solutions through three spaces:

  1. Space for Solutions: Presenting solutions for incremental change. All organizations can showcase and advance their global governance project to other stakeholders to jointly advance them.
  2. Space for Debates: Discussing solutions rather than problems. Stakeholders discuss projects, initiatives, and ideas to address the challenges of our world.
  3. Space for Innovations: Developing digital prototypes. Experts help create technological solutions for the world of tomorrow.

We are also a resource to help implement and scale-up the most promising governance projects.
We identify global governance projects by launching a Call for Projects to organizations from all over the world.
We push forward innovative solutions by inviting public and private organizations around the world to showcase 120 projects.
We put emphasize on sustainability by helping support ten projects selected among those showcased at the Forum.

2018 Annual Report

→ 2018 Annual Report of the Paris Peace Forum

Position: Co -Founder of ENGAGE,a new social venture for the promotion of volunteerism and service and Ideator of Sharing4Good

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