6 new benefactors for more stakeholders and resources committed to move forward on global governance challenges.
The Paris Peace Forum partners with foundations and philanthropists, public agencies, and companies as well as with other major stakeholders committed to improve the governance of 5 areas: peace and security, development, environment, new technologies and inclusive economy. These benefactors are members of the Paris Peace Forum Circle of Partners. They provide material support and expertise for the organization of the Paris Peace Forum.
Ford Foundation – Main Partner
Ford Foundation believes in the inherent dignity of all people. But around the world, too many people are excluded from the political, economic and social institutions that shape their lives.
In addressing this reality, it is guided by a vision of social justice – a world in which all individuals, communities, and peoples work toward the full expression of their human rights; are active participants in the decisions that affect them; share equitably in the resources of society; and are free to achieve their full potential.
For eighty years, Ford Foundation’s mission has been to reduce poverty and injustice, strengthen democratic values, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.
Social movements are built upon individual leadership, strong institutions, and innovative, often high-risk ideas. Ford Foundation works with a sense of urgency but recognize that meaningful change requires investment over time in those living closest to the problems. Therefore, Ford Foundation focuses on strengthening civil society at every level through supporting participation by people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Ford Foundation also collaborates with governments, the private sector, academia, and the creative community.
Ford Foundation is acutely aware of the changing global context and its commitment to supporting a rule-based global order and democratic values is unwavering. It is this approach that leads Ford Foundation to support the Paris Peace Forum and the potential for meaningful collaboration in the pursuit of social justice.
Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) – Grand Partner
The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), through its initiative Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), became a founding partner of Eye on Earth (EoE). EoE is a movement that engages a global community of stakeholder organizations and existing networks to collectively advance the availability, accessibility and usability of data and Information for all stakeholders. It is about building networks and capacity across diverse knowledge communities, thereby forging a path where environmental and associated social and economic information, combined with citizen engagement, improves decisions leading to sustainable development. EoE focuses on enabling all members of society to have an understanding of the social, economic and environmental systems and their interdependencies and therefore understand the consequences of our actions, whether they be policy makers or individuals.
Raising global awareness of sustainability is a colossal task, but across the globe, in every region, innovators, engineers, scientist and educators and many other disciplines are tackling parts of the information problem. The challenge is to link and coordinate all this activity.
EoE is a global and growing community of over 5,000 experts from across the globe, facilitated by a dynamic Abu Dhabi-based Secretariat, using knowledge exchange webinars and physical conventions to connect those with information-related challenges to those with solutions: educators, information engineers and open data advocates to develop and share solutions.
Agence française de développement (AFD) – Partner
Development policy is undergoing deep transformation. In France, the Agence française de développement (AFD) is the platform of this policy. Where all the initiatives meet, from the micro to the macro, all the actors, public and private, national and international and all instruments, financing, expertise, dialogue and research. Where they act together towards a world in common.
AFD takes five foundational commitments: “100 % Paris Agreement”, “100 % social link”, “3D development thinking”, “non-sovereign first” and “partnership by design”. It works to genuinely improve the everyday lives of people, in developing and emerging countries and in the French overseas territories. Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 110 countries and is currently supporting over 3,600 development projects. In 2017, it earmarked more than € 10 bn to finance these projects and will see its capacities of action significantly increase to reach the target of 0.55 % of France’s Gross National Income for ODA in 2022 set by President Emmanuel Macron.
AFD is a key partner of the Paris Peace Forum. Governance, SDG 16, is a transversal dimension to all its interventions that supports the political and civic transition. During these three days, AFD will talk about projects, reach out to all stakeholders, and act together to accelerate collective action for development, a sustainable investment towards a world in common.
BNP Paribas – Partner
BNP Paribas is proud to take part in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum. It shares the Forum’s aims of strengthening the actions of existing multilateral organisations and speeding up implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
BNP Paribas believes that collective progress will be achieved only through economic growth that is sustainable and equitable. As a major provider of financial services, BNP Paribas has the human, technical and financial resources to take a leading role and contribute to future solutions.
New business models are needed to finance economic development that has a positive impact on society. All stakeholders – especially governments, institutional investors, large companies and NGOs – can come together to create solutions and build the coalitions of investors, development agencies and partners able to finance this development.
An example of these new business models is BNP Paribas’ partnership with UN Environment to finance sustainable projects in developing countries. The aim is to raise $10 billion in “Sustainable Finance Facilities” (SFF) by 2025, which will channel much-needed investment towards sustainable projects and help close the SDG funding gap.
Carnegie Corporation de New York – Partner
Carnegie Corporation of New York’s mission is to promote a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world. Since its establishment in 1911, the philanthropic foundation has been guided by the vision of its founder, Andrew Carnegie, who believed in the value of in-depth knowledge and in the practice of diplomacy as the instrument for resolving conflicts, rather than resorting to war. As Carnegie once said, “Peace wins her way not by force; her appeal is to the reason and the conscience of man.”
At a time when the world is facing so many social, economic and political challenges, Carnegie Corporation of New York believes institutions must rise to meet their historical obligations. Today, more than ever, there is an urgent need for broad and continued involvement in identifying and tackling our shared challenges. For the Corporation this means supporting research and international linkages, building capacity and scholarly networks, and advancing public understanding, engagement and informed action. It therefore supports efforts that bridge the gap between academic expertise and the institutions of good governance, communicating more effectively to both policymakers and the public. Its current priorities include nuclear security; strengthening U.S. Democracy and the rule of law; developing relationships among major powers, including Russia and China; transnational movements and the Arab region; and peacebuilding, higher education, and research in Africa.
Robert Bosch Stiftung – Partner
Global governance has been shaped by national governments and international organizations for a long time. An ever more complex and interconnected world however can only be addressed by a variety of actors developing and implementing solutions both on a supranational as well a grassroots level.
New formats of participation and modern forms of communication and technology increasingly allow citizens to contribute their expertise, skills and creativity to explore effective solutions for those global challenges. Citizens can bring novel, flexible and courageous ideas to the table. Enabling them to do so can contribute to the success and public acceptance of innovative approaches.
It is vital to continue strengthening different forms of citizens’ engagement, especially in times of rapidly shrinking spaces and general societal volatility.
Citizens can increasingly shape the international space as well as challenge the conventional and speak truth to power. They can establish inclusive exchange formats that translate into concrete action, advance mechanisms of political participation to increase impact and invest in education to broaden knowledge on root causes of global challenges. Citizens can develop skills to tackle global challenges and advocate for international understanding as a foundation for global governance.