Debate Insights

Building joint efforts to support Africa in the face of Covid-19 and beyond
Author: Sciences Po student Claire Riobé summarizes the debate session of the third edition of the Paris Peace Forum.Debate title: Bolstering Africa's response to Covid-19: How can joint African and international efforts defeat the pandemic and its side effects?Date: 11 November 2020...
Finalizing the high seas treaty to protect the marine commons
After nearly two decades of discussions at the United Nations and in world capitals, governments are in the final stages of negotiating the BBNJ treaty (Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction), which will finally bring legal protection to marine life in our...
Rethinking peace processes to build lasting peace
The session took a critical look at the negative consequences of short-termism in peace processes. While peace agreements can end violence, they do not bring lasting peace. The panel delved into the multi-layered nature of peace and look into specific...
Supporting vulnerable populations during the pandemic and beyond
While the Covid-19 pandemic affected all people, it did not affect them all in the same way. For vulnerable populations such as refugees, those trapped in conflict zones, disaster victims or women in precarious conditions, access to basic health services,...
Using the crisis to reform drug and incarceration policies
Due to border shutdowns and population lockdown, the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the illegal drug market in an unprecedented way, whilst exposing the minor nature of some drug-related offences with the release of tens of thousands of incarcerated people globally....
Preventing a humanitarian crisis: Food security amid Covid-19
According to the UN, the pandemic’s economic consequences are contributing to significant food security deterioration, including rising numbers of people pushed into acute hunger in fragile countries. It is possible that hunger will leave more casualties than Covid-19. On the...
Fixing capitalism to fight climate change and inequality at the 2020 Paris Peace Forum
The Covid-19 crisis is a reminder that capitalism and the health of the planet are intrinsically connected. Beyond emergency measures necessary to revive and sustain economic activity, we need to move from unsustainable growth to a new reasoned prosperity. Companies...
The role of multilateralism in shaping the future of data sharing
Our societies generate data on an unimaginable scale – estimated at a mind-blowing 175 zettabytes in 2025 (there are 21 zeroes in a zetta). A modern car alone generates 25 GB of data per hour. This data is the source...
America’s foreign policy: what lies ahead for multilateralism?
In recent years, the US government has taken a hostile attitude towards the multilateral system it helped create and sustain decades. Among other actions, the Trump administration announced it was leaving the Paris climate agreement, the Iran nuclear deal, the...
Adopting the “One Health”approach to strengthen the multilateral health architecture
The Covid-19 crisis is a reminder of the relationship between health and the environment. The Ministerial Meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism saw the launch of the “One Health” High Level Expert Council. This Council aims to gather and disseminate...

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