7 November 2022

The Paris Peace Forum unveils the 5th edition program and speakers|Press release

7 November 2022 - Press release

The Paris Peace Forum unveils the 5th edition program and speakers

Paris, 7 November, 2022

This fifth edition will take place on 11 and 12 November 2022 at the Palais Brongniart. The program highlights will focus on the following objectives, aimed at both improving global dialogue and addressing global challenges

1  Don’t let the war win

"If we can’t make peace in the immediate future, we must avoid letting the war gain ground by limiting its direct and indirect consequences, such as food insecurity, energy insecurity, the rising debt of developing countries, and the refugee disaster - whether from Tigray, Syria or Ukraine," Justin Vaïsse.

Don’t miss

Several sessions on food security, including a keynote address by David Beasley (Director General of the World Food Program), as well as a public session and a closed-door negotiation to advance the “Save the Crops” initiative

Panels and projects on energy security and refugees, and the role of companies


2  Reduce global gaps

"The accumulation of crises has deepened the North-South divide: vaccine nationalism, disputes over responsibility for global warming, the war in Ukraine... Added to this is the growing East-West polarization: the common narrative of our international system is becoming increasingly thin. In order to face global crises together, it is urgent to better align the points of view and to show that solidarity can prevail. Faced with a fractured world, even in the digital sphere, the Paris Peace Forum is advancing pragmatic cooperation," Justin Vaïsse.

Don’t miss

The panel around French President Macron on "Universalism in the face of war”

The launch of the coalition on Critical Minerals for the ecological transition and progress reports on the initiatives "Paris Call on Trust and Security in Cyberspace" on cybersecurity, "Net Zero Space" on preserving the space environment, and "Overshoot Commission" on climate risk.


3  Provide a space for dialogue to prevent conflict

"It is in concrete responses to global challenges that the risks of war are reduced, but the Forum is also a discreet place of diplomatic negotiation and reconciliation between adversaries," Fabienne Hara, Secretary General of the Paris Peace Forum.

Don’t miss

The sequence around the Venezuelan negotiators (private)

The sequence of dialogue between Chinese and American actors on space safety (private)


4  Reform or strengthen our international institutions; make them more inclusive

"We can see that the current international institutions are not enough: the UN is essential but too often paralyzed by competition between great powers that prevents it from acting. The countries of the South are contesting a notably financial order that is not adapted to today’s challenges: climate catastrophes, galloping inflation, trade closures in certain countries, etc. We must rethink our international system, and this is also the mission of the Forum,” Pascal Lamy.

Don’t miss

Panels on COP27, COP15 on biodiversity, the G20 and the clash of North-South narratives

The panel and projects on feminist diplomacy


5  Highlighting Latin America

"The voice of Latin America, where winds of political renewal are blowing, is absolutely crucial to resolve the multicrisis, particularly in the fight against global warming and to alleviate certain conflicts with very serious humanitarian consequences," Fabienne Hara.

Don’t miss

The opening speech of Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia, on "total peace", and the interventions of Lula (video) and Alberto Fernandez, President of Argentina

Latin American projects, and the intervention of Father Francisco De Roux, President of the Colombian Truth Commission


The 5th edition will gather

More than 3,000 actors of global governance

60 new projects to solve challenges that go beyond national borders

More than 80 sessions and exchanges (debates and roundtables)

Many personalities from around the world: Alongside Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and several of his ministers including Catherine Colonna, the Forum will welcome Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Alberto Angel Fernandez, President of Argentina, Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia, Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia, Chen Zhu, Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Republic of China and former Minister of Health of the PRC, Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, as well as an additional 50 heads of state and government and ministers. Among the participants of this 5th edition, the Forum will also host many actors from around the world, including Nadia Murad, founder of Nadia's Initiative and winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Ouided Bouchamaoui, winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, Youssou Ndour, artist and former Senegalese Minister of Culture, Celso Amorim, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Matthias Cormann, Secretary General of the OECD, Muhammad Sulaiman Al-Jasser, President of the Islamic Development Bank, Emmanuel Faber, Chair of the International Sustainability Standards Board, Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, Mostafa Terrab, CEO of OCP Group, Neal Wolin, CEO of Brunswick Group, Mirjana Spoljaric-Egger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies (US), Sigrid van Aken, CEO of Postcode Lottery Group, Mariko Silver, CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation, Henry (Huiyao) Wang, Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization, Gayle Smith, Executive Director of ONE and former USAID Trustee, and Nighat Dad, Member of Facebook Independent Oversight Board and Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation.



10:00 - 11:00 Three high-level keynotes during the Opening Session: Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan; Gustavo Petro, President of the Republic of Colombia; David Beasley, Executive Director of the WFP (World Food Programme), Nobel Peace Prize 2020.

16:00 - 17:30 Panel "Universalism in the face of war": Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic; Alberto Fernandez, President of the Argentine Nation; Umaro Sissoco Embaló, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau; Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania; David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP (World Food Program); Comfort Ero, President, International Crisis Group (Nigeria); Dubai Abulhoul, President, Fiker Institute (United Arab Emirates); Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research institute (Singapore)

18:00 - 19:00 Meeting between with Venezuelan negotiators (private)



13:00 Launch of the "Acting Together for a Responsible Critical Minerals Sector" initiative on minerals critical to the ecological transition

13:15 Panel on the "Overshoot Commission" on climate risks

17:15 Announcement of the 10 new Scale-up projects supported by the Forum during the Closing Ceremony