The first edition of the Paris Peace Forum took place at the Grande Halle de La Villette from 11 to 13 November 2018. 100 years after the end of the First World War, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, inaugurated the Forum together with more than 70 Heads of States and Government as well as leaders of international organisations. Körber Foundation, as one of the Founding Members of the Forum, was directly involved in the conceptualisation, organisation and implementation of the event.
During the three days of the Forum, concrete solutions to global governance challenges were front and centre. For this purpose, 121 projects and initiatives from more than 40 countries and from 10 international organisations were presented in the Space for Solutions. Project leaders also discussed their ideas with other participants in dozens of pitches and so-called Braindates. In the Space for Innovation, 80 programmers and developers from around the world produced digital solutions for improving financial data transparency in a three-day hackathon. Lastly, the Space for Debates facilitated dialogue on crosscutting and sometimes controversial issues of global governance. Stakeholders from politics, the economy, civil society organisations and other sectors came together for more than 70 conversations, fishbowl discussions, brainstorms, masterclasses and press conferences in order to jointly carve out ideas and solutions to creating sustainable peace.
Within the diverse programme of the Paris Peace Forum, the Körber Foundation proudly hosted three exclusive debates:
Sunday, 11 November 2018:
Multilateralism in Danger?
Following the opening of the Paris Peace Forum, Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs of the Körber Foundation, moderated a roundtable discussion on the topic of “Multilateralism in Danger?”. Among the panellists were Cardinal State Secretary Pietro Parolin, Alpha Barry, Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Chad to France, Amine Abba Sidick.
Monday, 12 November 2018:
Restoring Faith in the UN Security Council
How can confidence in the UN Security Council be restored? What should a possible reform of the Security Council look like? Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group, moderated the discussion with Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2018, Martin Kobler, German Ambassador to Pakistan, Almut Wieland-Karimi, Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF), Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, and Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Deputy Managing Director for Advocacy of Human Rights Watch.
Tuesday, 13 November 2019:
Between Words and War: International Sanctions in Question
JIN Keyu, Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics, Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Development, and Francois Heisbourg, Chair of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, discussed the future of sanctions as a foreign policy tool. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute moderated the discussion.
Photos: Körber-Stiftung/Olivier Rimbon Foeller
Selected Press Coverage (PDF)
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