2019 Program

What to expect

Participants of the 2019 Forum can expect a full agenda of dynamic debates and project pitches from this year’s innovative selection of governance initiatives. The debate program will be headlined by three major events bringing together all participants to focus on the solutions for tomorrow.

The official
Opening Ceremony
12 November

The grand moment during which multiple heads of state take the stage on issues of global governance, including French president Emmanuel Macron.

The long-anticipated
Making it work Session
13 November

A noteworthy session that will shed light on the work of the Scale Up Committee set up by the Forum in 2018. The session will also discuss the process of providing project support throughout the year since the first edition in order to maximize impact.

A prestigious
Closing Ceremony
13 November

From a carefully selected group of 120 initiatives presented at the Forum, 10 projects will be chosen to receive support from the Scale Up Committee throughout the year. Those chosen will be announced at this conclusive moment of the annual Forum.

On the evening of 11 November, there will be a preview reception reserved for members of the Paris Peace Forum community.

Addressing the major themes in global governance

Dive deeper with the experts

The flagship themes of the 2019 selected projects will directly inspire a series of dynamic debate sessions aiming to discuss, evaluate and facilitate the impact of these global governance initiatives. Each of the program sessions will give experts an opportunity to lean in and share their knowledge with multi-stakeholder interlocutors in detailed debates covering the precise challenges in the themes of focus:

  • Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Protection of biodiversity
  • The role of cultural industries in development
  • Rethinking drug policy worldwide
  • Cybersecurity
  • Private sector and the sustainable development goals
  • Humanitarian law enforcement

Global solutions for global issues

A second portion of the program will look beyond addressing global governance issues based on projects and initiatives, to take a more transversal approach in discussing the pressing challenges related to multilateralism today. A series of discussions on the “governance of governance” will touch upon the core topics of the Forum to address transversal questions that affect each and every of them.

  • Anti-globalism and the rise of populism
  • Social inequalities or the tension between “end of the world” and “end of the month”
  • How multilateralism is doing: The glass half-full and the glass-half-empty
  • A better North/South balance in international organizations

From past to present

Commemorating past events and achievements of the last century is a chance for the actors of global governance to reflect upon the present and the future. Three discussions will aim to go beyond honoring events and initiatives of the past and collaborate on how to best apply lessons learned to advance the world of tomorrow.

  • 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall: Lessons from the past
  • 70th anniversary of the Geneva Convention with Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • 100th anniversary of the International Labor Organization (ILO) with Director General Guy Ryder

The new edition of the Forum will also be the occasion to launch the second stage of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. The Paris Call was launched at the Paris Peace Forum in 2018 as a declaration endorsing common principles of cyberspace security. The more than 500 stakeholders will welcome new signatories among states, companies, and civil society groups, launch an online community platform and showcase concrete measures they have taken within the context of The Call.


The entire Forum Program is carefully constructed to reflect a philosophy of open dialogue between all actors of global governance, focusing on the solutions rather than merely the challenges at hand.

Diverse debate content encourages innovation and communication, in which all voices are heard. Most debates are followed by a Q&A session for direct interaction with the speakers, as well as various opportunities to continue the discussion via the Paris Peace Forum mobile application and across social media platforms.

Sessions are constructed in a variety of innovative formats to consistently encourage close conversations, gather advice from experts and craft sustainable peace. The philosophy of the Forum’s debate program is to ensure a rich diversity of content and multi-stakeholder speakers list representing a comprehensive balance of sectors, themes, and geographical areas.


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