Fair Transitions

Paris Peace Forum Spring Meeting

On 10 June 2024, for the first time ever, the Paris Peace Forum will hold its Spring Meeting abroad. It will take place on the African continent and gather actors from around the world to focus on the shared North-South objective of “Fair Transitions“.

The Spring Meeting will be hosted by the prestigious University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P), on its state-of-the-art campus in Benguerir, Morocco (by invitation only).

A Focus on "Fair Transitions"

In the past few years, the consequences of climate change, COVID and Russia’s war on Ukraine have combined into a complex crisis, which have affected the most vulnerable countries and exacerbated the fault lines between rich and poor countries.

Against such a complex backdrop, the Paris Peace Forum has strived to foster cooperation and bridge the “North-South” gap through its convening power, projects support and multi-actor policy initiatives in many fields subject to widening fractures.

Building up on its role as a North-South platform for dialogue and action, this year’s Spring Meeting will focus on “Fair Transitions”. It will explore how to achieve a green energy transition that meets the needs of developing countries and is paired with imperatives of poverty reduction. It will seek solutions to make agriculture and agri-food systems more resilient and to adapt production to both climate change and global demographic needs. And it will draw the lessons learned from the unequal distribution of Covid vaccines and ensure that negotiations on the future Pandemic Treaty include the notion of fair benefit-sharing.

Spring Meeting

Priorities

Building up on this work and role of “North-South” platform of dialogue and action, this year’s Spring Meeting will be dedicated to the topic of “Fair transitions” and explore how to spur such fair transitions in various areas:

A focus on "Fair Transitions"

Climate finance and development: the dual challenge of saving the planet and fighting poverty

In addressing the twin urgency of climate transition and development, a stark financial reality emerges immense funding is required for both of these urgencies, yet fiscal resources remain constrained. Countries face a dilemma, balancing environmental sustainability against poverty alleviation, without the luxury of choice. Development banks have expanded their portfolios in response, yet the scale of investment does not fill the vast funding gap. More capital is essential, as is targeted, efficient allocation.

The focus must be on a strategic approach where every dollar is directed towards interventions yielding the most transformative impact, thereby advancing a sustainable and just global framework. Through a high-level panel, the Spring Meeting will discuss ways of solving the joint climate transition and development conundrum through enhanced North-South cooperation.

Energy and transition minerals: Accelerating a responsible and inclusive transition towards greener energies

With the acceleration of the green transition towards net-zero, demand for minerals essential to the manufacturing of technologies such as wind mills, solar panels and electric batteries is projected to steeply increase. Current estimates indicate that the increase would have to reach four-fold to reach the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting the planet’s temperature to 2°C. This rise in demand could represent an economic opportunity for producing countries, with prospects for increased income and employment. However, current geopolitical tensions and mistrust are preventing us from addressing the urgent economic, financial, social and environmental challenges associated with the extraction, use and reuse of transition minerals.

The Paris Peace Forum is working to facilitate multistakeholder dialogue on these issues, through the organization of two high-level sessions gathering actors from a diversity of sectors and geographies. The first session will focus on how mineral-producing countries can benefit from the extraction and processing of minerals for the energy transition in terms of development, industrialization and support the overall welfare of their citizens. The second session will focus more widely on how to achieve an inclusive energy transition, through North and South collaboration.

The Global Council for Responsible Transition Minerals will be launched during the Spring Meeting. Composed of a diversity of high-level individuals from all over the world, its aim will be to leverage their expertise and influence to steer the global community towards a shared objective: ensuring an adequate and responsible supply of minerals to achieve the energy transition.

Promoting fair agricultural transitions in Africa and mobilizing towards 2025 “Nutrition for Growth” Summit

Over the next thirty years, the agricultural landscape in Africa will face profound challenges intertwined with issues of food security and sustainability. With a rapidly growing population projected to double by 2050, the continent’s agricultural sector must undergo transformative changes to meet escalating food demands while safeguarding natural resources and ecosystems. Climate change exacerbates these pressures, with unpredictable weather patterns, increased frequency of extreme events, and degradation of arable land posing significant threats to agricultural productivity. Moreover, Africa remains disproportionately affected by hunger and malnutrition, underscoring the urgent need for sustainable agricultural development to ensure food security for current and future generations.

In this context, the Paris Peace Forum is working to reconcile the climate and agricultural development agendas, mobilize multi-stakeholders and to bring North and South closer together on the basis of common interests and principles. Part of the work of the Spring Meeting will therefore be dedicated to “Promote Fair Agricultural Transitions in Africa.

 

Malnutrition is a major public health problem affecting a significant proportion of the world’s population (149.2 million children under five are stunted and 45.4 million are emaciated, etc.). As such, the effects of malnutrition concern various aspects of the global governance spectrum (health, development, food systems, etc.), both in the Global South and in the Global North, since it also encompasses obesity (39% of people over 18 were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese). Following on from the summits in London in 2012 and Tokyo in 2021, the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit will take place in Paris in 2025 and will be a major event given the scale of the issue.

The spring meeting of the Paris Peace Forum will be the kick-off for discussions leading up to the N4G. On this occasion, the PPF will bring together an independent panel of experts to begin work on the scientific evidence that should guide the decisions taken at the N4G. The Forum will also bring together a group of private sector representatives to begin work on corporate commitments to help fight malnutrition worldwide. This meeting represents an opportunity to break down silos and address the topic beyond the nutrition community, in order to identify and prioritize essential solutions and bring them to scale.

Ensuring fair benefit-sharing in global health: towards a compensation mechanism to incentivize early warning for pandemics

The devastating consequences of pandemics, from the COVID-19 to repeated outbreaks of avian flu, Ebola, and HIV, underscored the urgent need for early warning systems to detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases effectively. As the COVID-19 pandemic showed us, access to genetic sequence data is crucial to respond early to a health threat. While data being used to develop new medical products often comes from scientific institutions in the Global South, it does not always lead to compensation or access to medical countermeasures needed to fight a pandemic. A key element of the “Fair Transitions” is therefore to recognize the role of these institutions, and to build strong foundations for the fair-sharing of data, and fair-benefit from the proceeds of the use of such data.

Part of the work of this Spring Meeting will therefore be devoted to advancing conversations on this notion of fair benefit-sharing and, more generally, on how to draw lessons on solidarity and equity to build a more cohesive global health ecosystem. The Forum will present its work on a compensatory mechanism, but will also open up the debate to take stock of the conversations planned at the World Health Assembly around a pandemic agreement, the views of the African continent on regionalization strategies in health, and on financing needs in the ecosystem.

The Speakers

A multi-actor event

The Spring Meeting will bring together diverse stakeholders from around the world, including representatives from States and governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, to focus on the shared North-South objective of “Fair Transitions“.

Stay tuned! The complete list of speakers for the 2024 Spring Meeting will be announced very soon.

 

Past Spring Meeting participants have included:

Kristalina Georgieva

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

Louise Mushikiwabo

Secretary General of La Francophonie

Gilbert F. Houngbo

Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Arancha González Laya

Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po

Pascal Lamy

Vice-President of the Paris Peace Forum, Chair of the Climate Overshoot Commission

António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)