The second Paris Peace Forum returned to the Grande Halle de La Villette from 11-13 November 2019 in order to tackle urgent global challenges through concrete solutions and initiatives that strengthen multilateral actors and mechanisms. As of 2019, culture and education formed the sixth ‘village’ of the Space for Solutions, complementing last year’s themes of peace and security, environment, development, new technologies and inclusive economy. Körber-Stiftung and 7 other Founding Members coordinate the organisation and implementation of the annual Forum.
Project leaders were able to submit their initiatives until 13 May to present concrete and innovative solutions for strengthening global governance at the Paris Peace Forum and to discuss and advance them together with experts from international organisations civil society (associations, non-governmental organisations, think tanks, media, companies, etc.). The selected 114 projects are presented here. An independent commission, called the Scale-up Committee, selected the ten projects with the greatest development potential. The members of the Scale-up Committee will accompany the work and development of these initiatives over a period of one year.
As an active Founding Member of the Paris Peace Forum, Körber-Stiftung hosted two interactive debates in the Space for Debates. The session on the topic “Defeating the Deadlock: Towards a New Consensus for Multilateral Action” explored how multilateral approaches can be supported in the light of global geopolitical tensions. Moreover, the panellists discussed what contribution multi-stakeholder initiatives can make. Speakers included Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and Chair of The Elders, Amitav Acharya, Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the American University in Washington, DC, Latha Reddy, former Deputy National Security Advisor of India and Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, and Martin Tisné, Managing Director of Luminate. Nora Müller, Executive Director International Affairs with Körber-Stiftung, moderated the discussion.
In the Auditorium, OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger, and the Munich Young Leaders Benedetta Berti, Head of the NATO Policy Planning Unit, and Pia Fuhrhop, Head of the Berlin Office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH), discussed the (renewed) role of borders in a seemingly borderless world. This conversation was moderated by Elisabeth von Hammerstein, Programme Director International Affairs with Körber-Stiftung.In the Space for Innovations, Körber-Stiftung hosted three PeaceGames in cooperation with the US magazine Foreign Policy. In three-hour simulations set in 2030, Forum participants and selected experts slipped into the roles of international actors. Together they worked out what peace-building measures are necessary to prevent climate and environment-related conflicts and how to tackle their causes. The solutions-oriented scenario challenged participants to find creative solutions to transnational governance and security issues related to climate-related disasters, resource conflicts and environmental migration. Ronja Scheler, Programme Director International Affairs with Körber-Stiftung, moderated one of the three PeaceGames.
Photos: Körber-Stiftung/Olivier Rimbon Foeller