Offering an inclusive platform
Founded by Sciences Po, the Körber Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), the Montaigne Institute and the French Republic, represented by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Paris Peace Forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote governance solutions in five key issues:
Peace and security
Inspired by the COP 21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will be a forum for discussion and debate with special emphasis on civil society initiatives and for sharing experiences and innovative solutions involving all the stakeholders in governance:
- Heads of State and Government leaders, local and national elected representatives;
- Regional and international organisations, especially UN agencies;
- Civil society in its broadest sense: companies, associations, NGOs, foundations, think tanks, media, trade unions, religious leaders, philanthropists, experts etc.
With these actors, the Paris Peace Forum aims to strengthen the actions of existing multilateral organisations, primarily the United Nations, and speed up implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Paris Peace Forum will also offer the right setting for convening actors from around the world to launch formal initiatives, track-two exercises, mediations and bilateral dialogues.
The expected output of the Forum is to take the presented projects one step further by publicizing them, vetting them through debates in various formats, and having their promoters meet the "implementers" – state and international bodies such as the UN, G7, G20, BRICS, OECD representatives. Several thousand participants are expected and 150 projects will be featured in the "Space for solutions" (the exhibition space).
Moreover, the Forum aims to demonstrate that there is still a momentum for collective action, both among states and civil societies as well as in the Global North and Global South. In order to move beyond populism and inter-state tensions, we need to mobilize public opinion and leaders for that cause. Economists have Davos and security experts have Munich, Shangri-La or Valdai – but there is still no Forum to advance the cause of good governance.