Bringing together global governance actors for 3 days: a major challenge successfully met

More than 6,000 visitors, 65 Heads of State and Governement as well as 10 leaders of international organization convened for three days at La Grande Halle de La Villette for the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum to exchange and discuss concrete global governance solutions.

What happened during the 3 days of the Paris Peace Forum?

Alongside the ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of First World War, the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum was inaugurated on 11 November by Emmanuel Macron, Trisha Shetty, Angela Merkel and Antonio Guterres in front of more than 60 Heads of State and Government – such as Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau, Paul Kagame, Uhuru Kenyatta, Macky Sall, Sergio Mattarella, Alassane Outtara – and 10 leaders of international organization – such as Audrey Azoulay, Jim Kim, Christine Lagarde, Guy Ryder, Robero Azavedo and Antonio Tajani.

Following the Opening Plenary session on 11 November, more than 40 Heads of State and Government as well leaders of international organization took the floor through innovate formats of debates such as two masterclasses “Crafting Sustainable Peace” and “Digital policies, digital peace” ; the hearing “Solutions for Peace”; the plea “Advocates for Peace”; the launch “Freedom at Stake”; three roundtables “Security, Still Our Frontier”, “Don’t drop climate efforts” and “Multilateralism in danger”; as well as two dialogues to discuss the future of multilateralism:

  • The dialogue of continents on global governance, a unique style of conversation facilitated by Justin Vaïsse, President of the Paris Peace Forum, gathered María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73th UN General Assembly, Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, Moussa Faki, Head of the African Union Commission and Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India.
  • The dialogue of international organizations on global governance, facilitated by Enrico Letta, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, is a conversation between Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of OECD and Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization.

On 12 and 13 November, debates carried on the whole days in more than 7 spaces such as the Agora, the Auditorium, the Mini-Agoras, the Lab, the pitches and the press room.

These three days have been concrete solutions accelerators: 121 project leaders of the Paris Peace Forum have presented their projects in the Space for Solutions in front of high level personalities, global governance stakeholders and media by having the opportunity to network at their stand or to discuss it through pitches; 80 participants from 30 countries have participated in a hackathon on financial transparency; 40 bilateral meetings where held between Heads of State and Government as well as leaders of international organization.


At the Paris Peace Library, located at the centre of the Paris Peace Forum, 32 Heads of State and Governement shared a book and explained why this book represents for them a symbol of peace and global governance:

  • Emmanuel Macron, President of France: Poèmes à Lou by Guillaume Apollinaire
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: Briefe an den Sohn by Käthe Kollwitz
  • Idriss Déby, President of Chad: Un long chemin vers la liberté by Nelson Mandela
  • Nikol Pachinian, Prime Minister of Armenia: Armenian Genocide: Frontpage Coverage in the World Press by Hayk Demoyan
  • Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General: The Charter of the United Nations
  • Carmelo Abela: Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta: Malta: The Nurse of the Mediterranean by Albert Glenthorn Mackinnon
  • Roberto Azevêdo, Director General of the World Trade Organization: The Constitution of the World Trade Organization
  • Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand: Sufficiency Thinking: Thailand’s Gift to an Unsustainable World
  • Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia, Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 by C.E.W. Bean
  • Andrej Babiš, President of the Czech Republic: La guerre des salamandres by Karel Čapek
  • Marcelo Rebelo de Souda, President of Portugal: Le Livre de l’Intranquillité by Fernando Pessoa
  • Beji Caid Essebsi, President of Tunisia: Habib Bourguiba le bon grain et l’ivraie by Beji Caid Essebsi
  • Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of Dijbouti: La part du colibri by Pierre Rabhi
  • Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe: The European Convention on Human Rights
  • Raimonds Vējonis, President of Latvia: Touched by Eternity
  • Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden: Aniara by Harry Martinson
  • Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy: Se questo è un uomo by Primo Levi
  • Epeli Nailatikau, Brigardier General: Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific
  • Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger: Un long chemin vers la liberté by Nelson Mandela
  • Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia: I saw her that night by Drago Jančar
  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Representative of the Vatican: Ripensare il futuro dalle relazioni. Discorsi sull’Europa by François
  • Rumen Radav, President of Bulgaria: World Changer Atanasoff and the Computer by Tammara Burton
  • Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Security Advisor of Bangladesh: Mémoires inachevées by Sheikh Mujibur Rahma
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway: En sjøens helt by John Michelet
  • Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria: Les derniers jours de l’humanité by Karl Krauss
  • María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73th UN General Assembly: Armistice
  • Gjorge Ivanov, President of Macedonia
  • Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
  • Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Directors of the International Energy Agency: Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018
  • Hashim Thaçi, President of Kosovo
  • Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund: Les conséquences économiques de la paix by John Maynard Keynes

What’s next?

After the conclusion of the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum at La Grande Halle de La Villette, the Paris Peace Forum has launched a long-term support for global hgovernance solutions.

Among the 121 projects presented during the 3 days, 10 global governance solutions have been selected to benefit from a follow-up and a special support for one year by the Paris Peace Forum and its partners:

  • African Union / EU Youth – African Union Commission
  • Antarctica 2020 – Ocean Unite
  • Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh – Government of Andhra Pradesh
  • Data to Combat Torture – World Justice Project
  • Digital Democracy Charter – Omidyar Network
  • Entreprise et partage de la valeur – Synopia
  • International Gender Champions – International Gender Champions / Women@thetable
  • Kumekucha – Green String Network
  • Ranking Digital Rights – New America
  • The World Benchmarking Alliance – Index Initative, United Nations Foundation & Aviva

4 solutions initiated by the participants of the hackathon have been selected by the 4 partners of the Paris Peace Forum hackathon:

  • Contract Fit selected by Open State Foundation
  • Tackling Climate Change – selected by the World Bank
  • LA PORTE – selected by Open contracting partership
  • Know your chances – selected by ETALAB

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