Two services of the European Commission represent the European Union in the Circle of Partners of the Paris Peace Forum.
The Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) plans and implements the European Union's development and international assistance policy and thematic measures aimed at reducing global poverty, promoting economic, social and environmental development and promoting democracy, the Rule of Law, good governance and respect for human rights, including through external assistance.
The mission of the Foreign Policy Instruments Service (FPI), in cooperation with the EEAS, is to carry out the EU's foreign policy actions, in particular by operationalizing the budget allocated to the Common Foreign and Security Policy and by applying the measures for conflict prevention and response financed by the Instrument contributing to stability and peace.
As a global funding network that supports several thousand civil society groups around the world, the Open Society Foundations are committed to the values that the Forum represents. Recognizing that global challenges cannot be solved by national governments alone, Open Society is partnering with the Paris Peace Forum to affirm the role of civil society actors and NGOs working to ensure that everyone has a say in the decisions that affect them.
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: "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.
The African Development Bank Group is the premier development finance institution in Africa, with a mandate to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in the continent, thereby contributing to poverty reduction. The Bank achieves this objective by mobilizing and allocating resources for investment in the continent; and providing policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts. AfDB's authorized capital of USD 208 billion is subscribed to by 81 member countries made up of 54 African countries and 26 non-African countries.
Guided by the belief that everyone deserves to live a healthy and productive life, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help the world’s poorest people. Global health constitutes one of the foundation’s key areas of focus, on which it works in partnership with actors from the public and private sector. In developing countries, the foundation supports programs in line with four priority objectives: health, support for women and girls, agriculture and the improvement of sanitary conditions. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Bloomberg Philanthropies invests in more than 570 cities and over 160 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: the Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s giving, including his foundation and personal philanthropy as well as Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world.
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.
The last cyberattacks such as “Not Petya” and “Wannacry” not only assaulted civil society, public entities and companies but also deeply damaged structures underlying our democratic processes. Microsoft therefore chose to mobilize for digital peace. With the Paris Peace Forum, Microsoft aims to trigger a dialogue on how to protect people from the risks they face in the digital age as well as to stimulate a multi-stakeholder approach, empowering citizens, NGOs, governments and industry to design concrete, innovative and sustainable solutions to cyberthreats.
Allen & Overy is an international law firm with 44 offices in 31 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, the U.S., South America and the Middle East. The firm offers legal advice and assistance in all areas of business, in relation to transactional law and dispute resolution. As a law firm, we believe strongly in using our skills and time to provide pro bono support to charities and non-profit organisations, protecting and promoting various causes, giving access to justice in education and employment, and promoting diversity and the rights of refugees. Allen & Overy lawyers combine volunteering efforts – both legal and non-legal –with financial support, through the Allen & Overy Foundation, to give a comprehensive package of support. The firm more broadly encourages personal and collective involvement in local programmes and large multi-jurisdictional projects to find solutions to some of society’s most pressing issues. It is from this perspective that Allen & Overy is very pleased to assist, on a pro bono basis, the Paris Peace Forum, since its creation and through a multi-year partnership. We are convinced the Forum will establish itself as an unique and key platform where actors of global governance can discuss and analyse global challenges and promote innovative, inclusive and concrete solutions on essential matters.
Auditoire is a global brand experience agency that transforms conversations and enhances the interaction between organizations, brands and their communities. Auditoire is proud to assist the Paris Peace Forum in the development of the Forum program, the digital communication as well as the full production and logistic of this outstanding event.
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.
As a German Federal Enterprise providing, amongst others, services in the field of international development cooperation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is particularly interested in governance solutions brought within the framework of fragile contexts. Building upon the strengths, skills and resources that public and private partners can achieve valuable impact, the collaboration with the Paris Peace Forum is for GIZ a unique chance to complement the international exchange of experience about peace and security and to see it in the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030.
The Islamic Development Bank is a multilateral development bank (MDB), headquartered in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) since 1975, working to improve the lives of those it serves by promoting social and economic development in 57 Member Countries spanning over 4 continents and
Muslim communities worldwide. The IsDB along its entities ICD, ICIEC, IRTI, and ITFC, provide innovative and sustainable solutions, including through strong partnerships across the public and private sectors, to help address the world’s toughest development challenges.
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 36 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 26.9 billion euros in 2018 and employs 86,000 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce.
Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,993 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020 “Sharing Beauty With All” sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain.
Established in 2018, Luminate is a global philanthropic organization with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. Luminate funds and supports non-profit and for-profit organizations and advocates for policies and actions that will help people participate in and shape the issues affecting their lives, and make those in power more transparent, responsive, and accountable. The Paris Peace Forum offers a good network to support Luminate’s direct policy advocacy work, as well as the work of its investees.
The Métropole du Grand Paris is a public institution of intercommunal cooperation which brings together 131 municipalities including Paris. It constitutes the strategic level of development of territorial public policies.
Its mission is to improve the lives of its 7.15 million inhabitants, to support and harmonize the development of the metropolitan area, to develop a sustainable urban social and economic model, and to highlight the metropolis on an international level.
For greater equality, such a major project must also be able to develop better solidarity, reduce territorial inequalities and propose a rebalancing in terms of access to housing, employment, training, services and equipment.
It is in this overall dynamic that an attractive, sustainable and lasting 21st century metropolis is being built.
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund) was established in 2009 by the Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi as a philanthropy to provide financial support to species conservation projects worldwide, no matter the location or type of species. In doing so it supports boots-on-the-ground, direct species conservation projects for the world’s most endangered species. It also seeks to re-establish our human connection to the natural environment through specific programmes designed to encourage participation in species conservation action.
Groupe ADP develops and manages airports, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2018, the group handled through its brand Paris Aéroport more than 105 million passengers and 2.3 million metric tonnes of freight and mail at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, and more than 176 million passengers in airports abroad through its subsidiary ADP International. In 2018, group revenue stood at €4,478 million and net income at €610 million.
A public limited company with 100% public capital, the La Poste Group is organized in 5 branches: Mail-Courier Services, La Banque Postale, La Poste Network, GeoPost, and Digital. The Group is present in more than 44 countries. Every day, the 17,000 points of contact of La Poste, France's leading retail network, welcome 1.3 million customers. In 2018, the Group’s revenues reached € 24.7 billion, counting more than 251,000 employees on its workforce.