1 August 2023

The 2023 Forum will host the One Planet: Polar Summit

The 2023 Paris Peace Forum, dedicated to “Seeking Common Ground in a World of Rivalry“, will host the One Planet: Polar Summit ( 8-10 November 2023), the first international summit dedicated to glaciers and poles.

Now more than ever, as geopolitical tensions and increasing economic exploitation threaten the polar and glacial worlds, it is urgent to act to protect these already fragile environments.

The Arctic and Antarctic are today major strategic areas on which the planet’s equilibrium largely depends. Like the oceans to which they are intrinsically linked, the North and South Poles play a central role in climate regulation and the preservation of biodiversity. Actors and first victims of climate change, they are also sounding the alarm.

The state of the world’s glaciers and high plateaus is no less worrying; they show the extent to which the collapse of the cryosphere on a global scale can have effects on populations, ecosystems as a whole, water resources, sea-level rise…


Did you know?


The Arctic is warming 3 times faster than the global average 

Poles and glaciers represent about 20% of the world's emerged surface area

The arctic is home to over 21,000 known species of plants and animals


If the phenomenon of cryospheric collapse is irreversible, the world’s leaders must take it into account in order to enable ecosystems and populations to adapt to the challenges and disasters already visible. The effects of climate disruption, which are warming the Arctic and Antarctic very strongly and causing the Greenland ice sheet and sea ice to melt, as well as the Antarctic glaciers and other emblematic glaciers such as the Himalayas and Kilimanjaro, justify an exceptional and concerted mobilisation of the international community.

For the first time, researchers and scientists from over forty glacial and polar nations will be meeting in Paris to share their findings and observations with IPCC and IPBES experts, as well as with the heads of international institutions, the private sector involved in these regions, and the political leaders of countries present in the Arctic, Antarctic and glacial worlds.

scientific forum bringing together the international scientific community will be held on November 8 and 9 at and with the National Museum of Natural History.

The political segment with leaders and figures from the glacial and polar worlds, to be joined by the French President, will take place during the Paris Peace Forum at the Palais Brongniart on November 10.

More information on the program of the event will be available soon.

Participation in the summit will be by invitation only. The entire scientific forum and summit will be available for viewing online on this webpage.

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