Initiated by the French President Emmanuel Macron, the Paris Peace Forum is concerned with the mechanisms and instruments that create and sustain peace. In innovative conference formats, Heads of State and Government, representatives of international organisations and members of the civil society (associations, NGOs, think tanks, media, companies etc.) discuss concrete projects, present initiatives and jointly seek feasible solutions. The debates focus on issues such as peace and security, environment, development, new technologies, inclusive economy, and culture and education. Selected projects will be supported by a Scale-up Committee, which will assist the project leaders to advance their advocacy, communication or organisational development activities over the course of one year. In doing so, the forum seeks to reinforce international cooperation, multilateralism, and – above all – global governance.
Körber-Stiftung is a Founding Member of the Paris Peace Forum, which is implemented by an association under French law (association loi de 1901). The other members are the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), Institut Montaigne, Sciences Po, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), México Evalúa, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI). In collaboration with a General Secretariat based in Paris, the Founding Members are responsible for the conception, organization, and implementation of the conference.
Further information can be found at: www.parispeaceforum.org.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Paris Peace Forum gathered the most important actors in global governance for a unique hybrid edition from 11 to 13 November. About 200 heads of state and government and representatives of international organizations met in person at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris, while more than 15,000 participants from around the world were able to connect via the Forum’s digital platform. In the wake of the G20 summit in Rome and the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, a key focus of the Forum was to address the multidimensional effects of Covid-19 crisis.
As an active founding member of the Paris Peace Forum, Körber-Stiftung designed and conducted a foresight workshop on the global governance of Artificial Intelligence. This interactive exercise offered participants a unique way to think about the risks and benefits of artificial intelligence and develop innovative solutions to improve its governance.
A group of 60 experts from around the world and from a variety of sectors, including government, business, academia, and civil society were invited took part in the workshop.
Results of the exercise were presented in a public session of the Paris Peace Forum. Conclusions and policy recommendations from the foresight workshop will be published in a digital report in the course of 2022.
In addition, representatives of Körber-Stiftung chaired two debates. Dr. Ronja Scheler, Programme Director International Affairs, moderated a digital panel entitled "In charge: empowering women in public decision-making processes". Among the speakers was Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova.
Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs, led a hybrid conversation on "Financing the ecological and social transition: how to reform capitalism?" with Odile Renaud-Basso, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Jeffrey Sachs, Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, among others.
The #SolutionsforPeace of the 4th edition
As every year, project leaders were able to apply to present their initiatives for strengthening global governance at the Forum. The 80 #SolutionsforPeace chosen by the Selection Committee tackle issues that were at the heart of this edition:
- Fighting against the Covid-19 crisis
- Better governing the global commons
- Better governing the digital world
- Protecting the civic space in times of Covid-19
- Achieving equality between men and women
- Strengthening South-South cooperation
- Reforming capitalism through the impact economy
- Fighting fake news and threats to the press
In addition, the Paris Peace Forum Scale-Up Committee will support the scaling up of the ten most promising projects throughout 2022.
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Further information is provided on the website of the Paris Peace Forum. It presents the individual project partners as well as the objective and the character of the conference. Representatives of the civil society and the media also find information here on how to participate in the event.
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