The 2023 event
The 2023 Forum
Seeking Common Ground in a World of Rivalry
For the sixth year in a row, the Paris Peace Forum brought together key players in global governance on November 10-11 at the Palais Brongniart. The aim of the 2023 Forum was to “Seek Common Ground in a World of Rivalry”, against a backdrop of global polarization (most notably between China and the United States) jeopardizing international cooperation on issues vital to humanity – all in an environment marked by the eruption of conflict in the Middle East.
This year's theme
Seeking Common Ground in a World of Rivalry
In a world dominated by a rising US-China rivalry, it is as urgent as ever to find common ground on the governance of global commons and global public goods in domains like climate change, outer space or critical minerals. Facilitating dialogue, creating action-oriented coalitions and defining norms or pre-norms is our way to deliver efficient responses to the urgent challenges of our time.
Nature loss has far-reaching consequences. Damages of ecosystems exacerbate climate change, undermine food security and put people and communities at risk. We are using the equivalent of 1.7 Earths to maintain our current way of life (Global Footprint Network, 2022) and ecosystems cannot keep up with our demands. Ahead of the COP28, the Forum will bring forward solutions to steer global cooperation towards a greener and more sustainable path.
From the Earth poles to outer space, the Paris Peace Forum will bring forward solutions to make the global governance of new frontiers clean and sustainable.
The 2023 Forum will present the progress of its initiatives on space, critical minerals, and the environment, along with the findings of the “Climate Overshoot Commission” on climate risk. It will offer several high-level sessions, such as on the preparation for COP 28 and the implementation of commitments on biodiversity from COP 15. The One Planet-Polar Summit on poles and glaciers will also take place at the Natural History Museum within the context of the Forum.
More than 5 billion people of the earth’s 8 billion use the Internet worldwide, or roughly 66% of the world’s population (ITU, 2022). However, with amazing opportunities brought by the digital world come serious risks and inequalities such as child sexual exploitation online or harmful content. The emerging AI technology could reshape the global economy and improve the health of millions of people but is also linked to major risks. Action is needed to tackle those safety challenges and to make the digital world a safe and secured space for all.
The 2023 Forum will bring together key players in generative AI to tackle the primary risks associated with this promising yet potentially challenging technology ; the digital ecosystem will also be rallying around cybersecurity with the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace and the Children online protection lab. The Forum will also host the 5th Summit of the Christchurch Call, aimed at improving technological measures and cooperation to combat online terrorist and extremist content.
2023 marks the mid-point in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals but just 12% of the SDG goal targets are on track, 50% are moderately or severely off track and 30% have either seen no movement or regressed below the 2015 baseline (SDG Progress Report, 2023). Faced with this situation, the Paris Peace Forum will boost development initiatives to build more equal and inclusive societies.
Five months after the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact, the Forum will assess the next steps in the reform of development finance and the implementation of the Paris Pact for People and the Planet, which establishes four key principles for a more effective international solidarity policy. It will also showcase the progress of its work on food security, global health, and will continue to prioritize gender equality as a key focus of its programs.
The 2023 edition of the Global Peace Index released by The Institute for Economics and Peace has found that global peacefulness has declined for the 13th time in the last 15 years. As the world experiences a growing number of violent conflicts, the program will highlight peacebuilding efforts and support for fragile countries in a context of ‘multicrisis.’ It will also focus on the responsibility of major powers and emerging powers in peacebuilding. The Forum will host the International Partnership on Information and Democracy Summit and showcase initiatives taken to promote the integrity of information.
A multi-actor event
The 2023 Paris Peace Forum will convene representatives from states, international organizations, businesses, development banks to foundations and NGOs and more from around the world.
with the participation of:
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
President of the French Republic
Dr. Jane Goodall
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
President & CEO of the International Crisis Group
President of the Republic of Ghana
President of the European Council
Secretary General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
Chairman of the Board of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Vice-Chair and President of Microsoft
Prime Minister, Barbados
Science fiction writer, columnist, and scriptwriter
CEO, Rappler; 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization
Sarah Wayne Callies
Actress and Ambassador, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Razan Al Mubarak
President, International Union for Conservation of Nature; UN Climate Change High-Level Champion
Projects showcased at the Forum's 6th edition
This year, the Space for Solutions will showcase 60 projects and initiatives tackling the issues at the heart of the sixth edition. All of them will enjoy a dedicated space within the event venue, and a chance to take the floor to speak about their work and/or share their views on the issue in global governance that they are addressing.