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Relive the 2021 Paris Peace Forum Spring Meeting

Helping bridge the North-South divide on critical challenges: vaccines, debt, climate

Broadcasted live 17 MAY, 17:00 – 19:45 CEST / Paris time

After three successful editions gathering 25 000 participants, 125 heads of state and government, and 333 projects, the Paris Peace Forum is entering a new phase. In addition to being an annual event, it is strengthening its year-round activities to become an actor of global governance.

It will develop its role as an accelerator of the projects presented during the November event while also leveraging its community of members and partners to incubate and launch multi-actor initiatives throughout the year.

📅 On the 17 May, the 2021 Spring Meeting reflected the increased importance of these year-round activities and offered a rich program of high-level speakers tackling key issues. After a first segment reserved for the Paris Peace Forum community, the second portion was broadcasted to the general public, with a focus on Helping bridge the North-South divide on critical challenges: vaccines, debt, climate.

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Taking place on the eve of the Summit on Financing African Economies hosted by President Macron, the Spring Meeting highlighted North-South relations in these times of pandemic, with a special emphasis on Africa. Vaccine nationalism endangers global immunity and economic recovery and threatens to poison North-South relations on other issues, including climate negotiations. The Spring meeting sessions gathered key global actors such as WHO, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the IMF, the WTO, and public development banks. Together, they explored how advanced economies and developing nations can cooperate on short-term vaccine procurement and long-term recovery – covering vaccine production, debt relief, and sustainable development – and how these mechanisms could be best financed.


Opening words and short presentation of the fourth edition of the Paris Peace Forum

First session: A discussion between Pascal Lamy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) on vaccines and trade issues for Africa.

Second session: High-level panel on the topic of joint initiatives to shape a better recovery for Africa with Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, Gilbert Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), moderated by Boris Bachorz, Regional Director Africa of AFP.

Third session: Roundtable on supporting African recovery with Gargee Ghosh, President of Global Policy and Advocacy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director, African Department of the IMF, and Rémy Rioux, CEO of Agence française de développement (AFD), moderated by Justin Vaïsse, Founder & Director General of the Paris Peace Forum.


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