The Paris Peace Forum returns for its second edition from 11 to 13 November 2019. A new call for projects will be launched on 13 March.As cross-border challenges multiply, international cooperation is inhibited by tensions between countries as well as national and populist movements. To foster collective action and to defend and adapt multilateralism, the Paris Peace Forum gathers all relevant societal actors under one roof. In 2018, the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum had considerable impact by convening 65 Heads of State and Government, 10 leaders of international organization and more than 6,000 participants from civil society for three days. The event was inaugurated by Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron who called, a hundred years after World War I, for collective action to address the pressing issues of the 21st century and reminded the audience from lessons drawn from the past. Following the first call for projects, 860 applications from 116 countries and international organizations were received. 121 projects were selected to be presented and discussed at the event, ten of which were chosen to benefit from a one-year support including:
- projects providing normative solutions to transnational problems such as the Digital Democracy Charter by Luminate which commits states to adopt a series of principles guaranteeing the quality of information on Internet as well as data processing respectful of public freedoms in order to reinforce democracies;
- projects with a capacity-building dimension seeking to develop new tools like The World Benchmarking Alliance by the Index Initiative that measures the impact of companies on the Sustainable Development Goals;
- projects focused on governance of the commons (e.g. oceans, cyberspace), for instance, Antarctica 2020 is a project led by a diverse group of high-level influencers to build support for protecting more than 7 million square kilometers of Antarctic waters by 2020.
- projects developed at a national or regional level, with a potential for global scale-up or replication in other areas of regions: in India, Climate Resilient Zero-Budget Natural Farming, implemented by the Andra Pradesh Government, draws an innovative model of regenerative agriculture replicable to a larger scale and in other regions.
For its second edition from 11 to 13 November 2019, the Paris Peace Forum will rely on the elements that contributed to the success of the first edition and that made it a truly unique event. In the face of increasing global challenges and persistent threats to multilateralism, the Paris Peace Forum continues to act as a convening power to bring together all committed actors and as an incubator to help advance concrete governance solutions, with the same:
- objectives: to encourage international cooperation and collective action for a world at peace;
- means: to showcase, discuss as well as advance innovative and concrete solutions;
- focus: to strengthen, update or create new rules, standards and good practices.
- peace & security;
- new technologies;
- inclusive economy.