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About the Paris Peace Forum

Frequently asked questions

How was the Paris Peace Forum initiated?

A multilateral initiative: The idea was initiated in 2017 by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, during his speech at the Ambassadors’ Conference where he called for the need to take concrete steps to strengthen multilateralism and preserve peace.

A simple observation: The international system abounds with contradictions. International collaboration is increasingly difficult. However, the challenges the world faces – pandemics, climate change, terrorism, migration, cyber insecurity, and other global issues – require a collective response.

A concrete objective: To bridge the international coordination gap by supporting and complementing existing systems and picking up the slack when these institutions cannot act or when the solutions proposed are inadequate.

Who is organizing the Paris Peace Forum?

An independent organization: Although the idea was initiated by the President of the French Republic, the Forum is led by an hybrid ensuring this multilateral initiative’s independence.in it missions and its financing.

An association under the law of 1901: The Forum is a non-profit association established under French Law ‘loi 1901’ recognized as a public charity. It is governed by 3 international bodies and financed by numerous partners around the world.

The Executive Committee: The Forum’s overall organization and activities are decided by our Executive Committee. Led by Pascal Lamy, the Executive Committee is comprised of representatives of our ten Founding Members, as well as persons elected by the General Assembly among the members of the Association.

The Steering Committee: The Forum’s strategic orientations are defined by our Steering Committee. Led by Trisha Shetty and Igor Yurgens, the Steering Committee includes international experts with specialization in various aspects of global governance, with balanced gender and geographical representation.

The Circle of Partners: This Circle brings together the Forum’s public and private benefactorsinternational organizations and media partners. They support the Forum and make recommendations on its strategic orientations.

Who is financing the Paris Peace Forum?

The Forum is financed by its Founding Members and benefactors: foundations, philanthropies, development agencies, and companies.

There are four categories of benefactors:

  • Strategic Partners
  • Main Partners
  • Grand Partners
  • Business Partners

What is the Paris Peace Forum?

Since 2018, the Paris Peace Forum is the place where heads of state and international organizations work hand in hand with civil society and the private sector to build new forms of collective action. Throughout the year, the Forum put the spotlight on those who implement concrete actions by advancing worldwide governance projects. The idea is not only to highlight projects but to strengthen and support them in their implementation and development.

An annual event: Each year in Paris, in November, the Forum gathers collective action stakeholders, both states and non-state actors, around global governance solutions.

How does the Paris Peace Forum define "peace"?

The Forum addresses peace through global coordination and cooperation: Lasting peace will only be achieved through adapted and effective global coordination to address current issues.

The Forum does not focus on geopolitical issues nor conflicts: Peace is more than the simple suspension of war and it is made up of all the solutions that help reduce international tensions:

  • Cooperation to mitigate resource scarcity.
  • International institutions to channel power rivalries and better administer global public goods.
  • Regulation to address new abuses of power and inequality exacerbated by globalization.
  • Intergenerational bridges and gender equality to create more peaceful societies.

What are the themes and priorities of the Paris Peace Forum?

Since 2018, the Paris Peace Forum has been the place where heads of state and international organizations meet civil society and the private sector to construct new forms of collective action.

Set to take place at the end of a tumultuous year, the 5th edition of the Paris Peace Forum will focus on Riding out the multicrisis and preventing a destructive world polarization that would jeopardize collective efforts. On 11 – 12 November 2022, we will explore how to mitigate the multiple shocks by fostering a renewed cooperative world order and multilateralism.

Which institutions are cooperating with the Paris Peace Forum?

The Forum considers that state institutions and non-state organizations are interdependent: International and regional multilateral organizations with universal membership have legitimate mandates for the creation of rules and mechanisms to solve global problems.

The Forum supports and complements existing systems: It picks up the slack when these institutions cannot act or when the solutions proposed are inadequate, to reinforce their action and push forward the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

>>Learn more about the Paris Peace Forum’s institutional partners.

Which partners are supporting the Paris Peace Forum?

The Forum is supported by a diversity of global governance actors: States and multilateral organizations, but also NGOs, companies, development agencies, foundations, philanthropies, religious groups, associations, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.

These partners represent numerous benefactorsinstitutions, and several medias renewed each year. They make recommendations on the Forum’s strategic orientations.

What are the official languages of the Paris Peace Forum?

The official languages of the Forum are English and French.

What are the official hashtags of the Paris Peace Forum?

You can join our community by using #ParisPeaceForum, #SolutionsforPeace, or the dedicated hashtag for the fifth edition, #ParisPeaceForum2022

About the annual Forum

Frequently asked questions

What is the annual Paris Peace Forum?

An international coordination Forum: The Forum places international coordination at the top of the worldwide agenda.

In November 2022, the fifth edition will focus on Riding out the multicrisis and preventing a destructive world polarization that would jeopardize collective efforts by fostering a renewed cooperative world order and multilateralism.

A multi-stakeholder Forum: The annual Forum gathers stakeholders across all sectors to facilitate the creation of hybrid coalitions by bringing together old and new actors of global governance. These include states and multilateral organizations, but also NGOs, companies, development agencies, foundations, philanthropies, religious groups, associations, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.

A project-oriented Forum:  60 innovative solutions to current governance issues, led by organizations from all over the world and selected within the framework of a Call for Solutions, are at the heart of the Forum.

An international policy Forum: States, international and regional organizations are crucial to the solutions the Forum aims to promote. Not only is their participation necessary, but it is also a testament to the Forum’s role as in complementing existing initiatives and actors.

A universal Forum: The Forum is free and open to all stakeholders involved in tackling key current challenges.

When and where will the next annual Forum take place?

The fifth edition will take place from 11 to 12 November 2022 at the Palais Brongniart, in the heart of Paris.

What are the themes and priorities of the 5th edition?

Taking into account the far-reaching and combined effects of crises across the world on people and global cooperation, the program will focus on Riding out the multicrisis, with special emphasis on the following priorities:

  1. Managing the fallout of the multicrisis on populations
  2. Cooperating through conflicts
  3. Rethinking globalization in a polarized world
  4. Catalyzing climate and environmental solutions
  5. Ensuring a safer and ethical digital world
  6. Fostering more inclusive and just societies

What can I do at the annual Forum?

Join a unique Forum that puts international coordination and collective intelligence on the international agenda, gathering both heads of state and government, leaders of international organizations, as well as actors of civil society with the shared interest and goal of solving current challenges.

Actively contribute to reveal, understand, and foster the solutions to challenges that know no borders.

Discover 60 innovative projects led by organizations from around the world, as well as flagship initiatives by coalitions of hybrid actors.

Attend numerous debates that focus on bringing solutions rather than discussing problems, with high level speakers such as international leaders, representatives of multilateral agencies, experts, and committed stakeholders.

Meet the key actors of global governance and interact with leaders of international companies and foundations.

What does it mean to take part in the annual Forum as a participant?

Taking part in the Forum as a participant gives you the opportunity to discover innovative solutions that tackle global challenges, meet project leaders from all over the world, interact in debates, and exchange with thousands of participants.

All about the participation of projects in the Forum 

Frequently asked questions

How does the Forum support and assist concrete solutions?

Beyond bringing actors together around discussions and debates, the Paris Peace Forum aims to inspire new ideas and foster their progressive development by advancing concrete solutions and launching new initiatives. These projects are at the heart of the Forum – designed as a global village dedicated to action. 

A Call for Solutions is launched each spring and is open to organizations worldwide carrying out an international governance project. The Selection Committee, which examines the applications, is made up of experts from leading international institutions. 

Presentation at the annual Forum: Following the 2022 Call for Solutions, 60 projects were selected to be showcased during the Forum from 11 to 12 November. The 404 selected projects of the past four editions form a community committed to implementing concrete solutions. 

Customized support throughout the year: The Paris Peace Forum’s support for governance solutions extends beyond each event. Each year, ten of the most relevant and promising governance solutions are selected for personalized support through our SCUP program. The SCUP Mentors who participate in this support are highly qualified and influential personalities and are representatives of organizations reflecting the diversity of actors in global governance (companies, development agencies or governments, NGOs, philanthropic foundations, think tanks and international organizations). 

>> For more information on the projects showcased at the Forum, see the 60 selected projects for 2022. 

>> For more information on the Scale-up Projects, see the  2021-2022 Scale-up Projects.

>> For more information on the achievements of the Scale-up Projects, read the 2020-2021 Scale-up Program Report.  

What does it mean to take part in the Forum as a project leader?

At the annual Forum, project leaders have the unique opportunity to:  

  • Gain visibility and international exposure by having a physical stand for their solution at the event (booth or display); 
  • Speak at the event (one representative per team) to talk about their work and share their views on the global governance issue they are addressing; 
  • Meet and exchange with other project leaders as well as experts and decision-makers in their field; 
  • Apply for a year of personalized support for their project through our SCUP Program. 

I am interested in having my project supported by the SCUP program... How do I apply?

Projects receiving one-year support through the SCUP Program are selected from those presented at the Forum each year.  

If your project has been selected to be presented at the Forum, you can let us know if you would like to be considered for this support when registering and preparing your project for the Forum. Our jury will then study all the applications and select the projects to be supported for the year 2023, potentially by organizing interviews with some of the candidates. The new supported projects will be announced during the Forum. 

What were the themes of the Call for Solutions for the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum?

For its fifth edition, the Forum welcomes in the Space for Solutions projects and initiatives from around the world addressing one of the 12 following themes: 

  1. Involving civil society in conflict resolution 
  2. Protecting civilians in times of war 
  3. Considering the social effects of the fight against climate change 
  4. Protecting the rights of indigenous people 
  5. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for economic development in the Global South 
  6. Curbing harmful content online 
  7. Fighting against art trafficking and protecting cultural heritage in armed conflicts 
  8. Making the digital economy work for women’s economic empowerment 
  9. Developing feminist foreign policies 
  10. Protecting the Earth’s orbital environment 
  11. Measuring the non-financial impact of companies 
  12. Preparing for pandemics: strengthening surveillance and rapid response within health systems 

Read the rules of the Call for Solutions. 

What are the priorities of the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum?

The Paris Peace Forum dedicates its fifth edition to the following 6 priorities: 

  • Managing the fallout of the multicrisis on populations 
  • Cooperating through conflicts 
  • Rethinking globalization in a polarized world 
  • Catalyzing climate and environmental solutions 
  • Ensuring a safer and ethical digital world  
  • Fostering more inclusive and just societies  

The themes of the Call for Solutions 2022 are divided among the priorities of the fifth edition of the Forum as follows: 

  • Managing the fallout of the multicrisis on populations 
    • Protecting civilians in times of war 
    • Fighting against art trafficking and protecting cultural heritage in armed conflicts 
    • Preparing for pandemics: strengthening surveillance and rapid response within health systems 
  • Cooperating through conflicts 
    • Involving civil society in conflict resolution 
  • Rethinking globalization in a polarized world 
    • Measuring the non-financial impact of companies 
  • Catalyzing climate and environmental solutions 
    • Considering the social effects of the fight against climate change 
    • Protecting the Earth’s orbital environment 
  • Ensuring a safer and ethical digital world  
    • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for economic development in the Global South 
    • Curbing harmful content online 
  • Fostering more inclusive and just societies  
    • Protecting the rights of indigenous people 
    • Making the digital economy work for women’s economic empowerment 
    • Developing feminist foreign policies 

What are the dates of the Call for Solutions?

Our 2022 Call for Solutions is now closed. The list of projects selected for the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum is available on our website. 

Subscribe to our newsletter or check our website and our social networks regularly to be informed of the opening of our next Call for Solutions, in spring 2023. 

I applied to the Call for Solutions... What happens now?

We do not respond to information requests on the outcome of applications until the Call for Solutions and selection process are complete.  

We will officially announce the selected projects on the week of 18 July 2022 on the Paris Peace Forum website. All applicants will also be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by email.  

My project was selected... What happens now?

If your project has been selected, you will have to confirm your participation in the Forum by 19 September at the latest by paying your participation fee and by sending us the information required to present your project at the Forum. Please go to our registration tool with your personal code. This code will be sent to the project point of contact by email following the announcement of the selection of your project.  

You will be informed of the steps and timetable to follow to prepare and confirm the participation of your project directly on our registration tool. A detailed guide will be made available later with more information about the participation of your project in the event.  

We are also planning an information meeting for all selected projects in October to present the Forum and the many opportunities that will be offered to you during the two days of the event. 

What is the format of the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum? What does this mean for the selected projects?

All selected projects are invited to present at the fifth edition of the Paris Peace Forum, on 11-12 November 2022 (with installation likely on 10 November), at the Palais Brongniart, in Paris. They will have the opportunity to present their project to all the participants thanks to a dedicated booth in the Forum’s Space for Solutions, to speak about their work and/or share their views on the global governance issue addressed and to meet and exchange with experts and decision-makers in their field. At this stage, we do not envisage a purely virtual participation of a project team, so we invite you to keep us informed as soon as possible if an in-person trip for the duration of the Forum seems compromised.  

What does a speaking opportunity for my project during the Forum entail?

One member of each project team will be able to speak at the Paris Peace Forum. There are multiple possible formats for presenting their work at the Paris Peace Forum, our team will contact the project leaders after the’ve submitted the registration form to inform them of the format and time slot they have been assigned. The level of the proposed speakers, the subject matter, and the geographical and gender diversity will be some of the determining factors in defining this speaking engagement. We invite project leaders to fill out this information as soon as possible and well before the final date of 9 September. 

What does the participation fee cover?

Project leaders’ participation shall only be confirmed once the participation fee has been paid (19 September at the latest) or upon approval of financial support (which must be requested by 9 September). 

In 2022, this fee amounts to €1,000 (excluding taxes) and covers the visibility and interaction opportunities offered during the event, as well as access to specific areas and services reserved for project leaders.  You can make this payment by credit card or bank transfer, directly on our registration tool, in the ‘Your payment’ section.  

The project leaders will also have to pay for the expenses (transportation and accommodation) related to their travel to Paris, to the Paris Peace Forum.  

If I have difficulty financing my project's participation in the event, is it possible to request financial support?

Should selected project leaders be unable to cover, directly or through external funding, the expenses related to their participation in the Forum, they can approach the Paris Peace Forum team to explore possibilities for support. Please send your motivated requests for financial support before 9 September, 2022 directly on our registration tool.  

Priority will be given to requests for support made by project leaders operating under limited financial resources, particularly those from the Global South. 

We will study each request carefully but given the limited resources of the Paris Peace Forum Association, we cannot guarantee a favourable response to all the requests for financial support that are sent to us. In some cases, partial financial support may be offered.  

Do I need to organize, book, and pay for my travel and accommodation in Paris?

The Forum will cover neither the organization nor the expenses relating to your stay in Paris. To help prepare your trip, we recommend visiting the official Paris Tourist office website.  

 In 2022, we advise you to plan your reservations taking precautions in case of cancellation due to the uncertainty caused by the health situation that may change by November 2022. 

Who should I contact if I have any questions or experience technical issues during the application process?

For further information, please read the rules of the Call for Solutions or write to project@parispeaceforum.org. 

Practical information for press & media

Frequently asked questions

I work as a journalist. How can I request my press accreditation to cover the yearly Forum?

If you are a journalist, photographer, or TV crew member, you are more than welcome to cover the next Forum on 11-12 November 2022 at the Palais Brongniart in Paris.

To cover the annual Forum in Paris, all journalists must request their accreditation online once the accreditation platform is open.

Stay tuned, the media platform to request your accreditation in the next few months.

What are the criteria for press accreditation requests?

The Forum’s media accreditation policy aims to ensure:

  • Balanced representation of all continents.
  • Balanced representation of all media types.

In order to guarantee pleasant working conditions for all accredited journalists, the number of accreditations is limited.

Who can I interview at the annual Forum?

High-level members of the Paris Peace Forum governing bodies:

  • The Executive Committee:This Committee consists of representatives of the 10 Founding Members who ensure the Forum’s universality. They are responsible for the Forum’s overall organization and implementation.
  • The Steering Committee:This Committee consists of 16 highly qualified governance personalities who ensure the Forum’s expertise. They provide recommendations on the Forum’s general organization and strategic orientations.
  • The Circle of Partners:This Circle brings together the Forum’s public and private benefactorsinternational organizations and media partners. They support the Forum and make recommendations on its strategic orientations.

The Paris Peace Forum project leaders develop concrete actions and have fascinating stories and experiences to share regarding global governance solutions:

  • 80 project leaders of projects showcased at the annual Forum who bring their concrete and innovative solutions.
  • 10 project leaders of Scale-up Projects chosen at the end of the annual Forum, who benefit from a full year of support to implement their initiative at an international scale.

International renowned speakers and moderators who are also key global governance actors:

  • Heads of state and government: who take part in various debates, discussions, and masterclasses to share their governance ideas with participants, intellectuals, think tankers and experts from all over the world.
  • Leaders of international organizations: who share their expertise on global international coordination issues.
  • Civil society actors: who represent organizations of all sizes coming together to discuss and promote innovative solutions to global challenges.

Do I need to organize, book, and pay for my travel and accommodation in Paris?

Yes. For your stay in Paris, we recommend looking for information on the Paris Tourist office official website.

About the previous editions

Frequently asked questions

What are the key figures of the 2018 Forum?

From 11 to 13 November 2018, one hundred years after the end of First World War, the inaugural edition of the Paris Peace Forum convened:

  • 106 countries officially represented
  • 65 heads of state and government and 10 international organizations took part in the Forum through debates, bilateral meetings, and discussions with project leaders
  • 121 governance solutions were showcased, and 10 projects were chosen to benefit from a full year of support
  • 275 high level speakers took part in multi-stakeholder and interactive debates
  • 80 participants participated in a three-day hackathon to design digital solutions on financial data transparency
  • New flagship initiatives were launched by hybrid coalitions of global governance actors
  • 7000 global governance actors from122 countries took part, such as NGOs, companies, development agencies, philanthropies, religious groups, associations, think tanks, and universities

>> Watch the videos of 2018 Forum debates on our YouTube page.

Which flagship initiatives where launched at the 2018 Forum?

  • Information & Democracy Commission: By Reporters without Borders, launched in the presence of heads of state and government from Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Senegal, Switzerland, and Tunisia.
  • Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace: Introduced by the French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and Microsoft President Brad Smith, and now signed by 65 states, 340 firms, and 130 stakeholders of civil society.

What are the key figures of the 2019 Forum?

From 11 to 13 November 2019, the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum was the occasion to celebrate several initiatives of the past such as the 100 years of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the 70 years of the Conventions of Geneva and the 30 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

  • 140 countries officially represented
  • 33 heads of state and government et 12 international organizations participated in the Forum through debates, bilateral meetings, discussions with project leaders
  • 114 governance solutions were showcased, and 10 projects were chosen to benefit from a full year of support
  • 336 high level speakers took part in multi-stakeholder and interactive debates
  • 75 actors took part in the PeaceGames
  • 7000 global governance actors from 164 countries participated such as NGOs, companies, development agencies, philanthropic organisms, religious groups, associations, think tanks, and universities

>> Watch the 2019 Forum’s debates on our Youtube page.

What are the key figures of the 2020 Forum?

The online third edition of the Paris Peace Forum was held from 11 to 13 November 2020 via a specially developed digital platform, convening leaders and actors from civil society around the world to advance concrete global governance solutions.

  • Featuring 117 hours of live broadcasting.
  • 178 debate sessions and project pitches on the 3-day agenda.
  • More than 50 heads of state and government as well as 29 international organizations took an active part.
  • 100 project teams showcased their concrete solutions to international challenges.
  • 442 high-level speakers participated in interactive debates.
  • 12,000 individuals representing 174 countries participated from NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.

>> Watch the 2020 Forum’s debates on our Youtube page.

What are the key figures of the 2021 Forum?

In 2021, the fourth edition counted:

  • 15,000 online participants and 1000 present in Paris
  • 45 heads of state and government and leaders of international organizations taking part in the Forum
  • 1,400 NGO representatives
  • 74 debate sessions
  • 80 projects from around the world presented in the Space for Solutions

>> Watch the 2021 Forum’s debates on our Youtube page.