Paris Peace Forum: better governance for a world at peace [fr]

The Paris Peace Forum aims at pushing forward new rules and solutions to address the global challenges of our time. Find here all the information about the 2019 edition and how to be part of it as a project leader, a journalist, an actor of global governance or a partner.

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You are a project leader, a journalist or an actor of global governance? You want to become partner of the Forum?
Find here how to be part of the 2019 edition of the Paris Peace Forum!
Find here the 2019 selected projects

Rationale

The initiative is based on a simple observation: global problems without cooperative solutions lead to conflicts. The challenges the world faces – climate change, terrorism, migration, cyber insecurity and the like – ignore borders. Addressing them requires international cooperation and collective action. However, collaboration is increasingly difficult as countries are turning inward. Today, the international community fails at producing the needed solutions.

OUR WORLD IS NOT GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

States are competing hard for advantage and populism is undermining the institutions and mechanisms for collective action. Democratic spaces are shrinking and inequalities are widening. Military expenditures are growing fast while the United Nations budget is cut. International norms, in particular human rights, are disregarded. The Internet is becoming a jungle where data is hacked and fake news spread. International justice is being questioned. And we are losing the race against global warming. This situation is not conducive to peace: it leads to new conflicts on all continents.

PEACE IS NOT JUST THE SUSPENSION OF WAR

Peace is made up of all the solutions that help reduce international tensions: cooperation to fight climate change and mitigate resource scarcity, institutions to channel power rivalries and better administer global public goods, regulation to address abuses of power and inequalities, intergenerational bridges and gender equality to create more peaceful societies. In other words, peace will only be durable if effective global governance underpins it. The mission of the Paris Peace Forum is to contribute to bridging this governance gap. To do so, it convenes all stakeholders to advance concrete practical solutions where there are none.

THE FORUM’S POSITIONING: SUPPORT, IMPROVE AND COMPLEMENT MULTILATERAL INSTITUTIONS

Multilateral organizations with universal membership – UN, WTO, IMF, World Bank, and the like – or a regional focus – OSCE, African Development Bank, ASEAN and others – have legitimate mandates for the creation of rules and mechanisms to solve transnational problems. The Forum picks up the slack when these institutions – or other international organizations – cannot act or when the solutions proposed are insufficient.

Added value

The Forum is multi-stakeholder: it fosters hybrid coalitions by bringing together old and new actors of global governance: states and multilateral organizations, but also local governments, NGOs, companies, foundations and civil society at large.The Forum is project-oriented: it showcases and supports concrete projects. They are either normative – instruments of law, standards and good practices – or capacity-building – new institutions, mechanisms and innovations.

Pillars of activities

The Paris Peace Forum is both a platform and an actor.

AN EVENT TO MOBILIZE ALL STAKEHOLDERS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION

Every year, the Paris Peace Forum places global governance at the top of the international agenda. On 11-13 November at la Grande Halle de La Villette, it invites public and private organizations around the world to showcase their governance projects. These projects are presented in stands and are discussed in debates with policymakers, elected officials, experts, practitioners and other stakeholders. The annual event is also a launchpad for flagship initiatives: new major mechanisms or soft-law instruments that have the potential to help address a global challenge at scale. More generally, it is the place where stakeholders discuss global governance issues and cooperate on solutions. It also offers opportunities for networking, bilateral meetings, and track-two exercises.

A RESOURCE TO HELP IMPLEMENT AND SCALE-UP THE MOST PROMISING GOVERNANCE PROJECTS

All year round, the Paris Peace Forum helps support ten governance projects selected among those showcased at the event. The Forum offers tailored assistance along three dimensions: policy and advocacy, communication, and venture support. Such assistance is provided by the Scale-up Committee, a team of experienced and influential personalities supported in their mission by the Paris Peace Forum Secretariat.

The Forum maintains a specific focus on governance solutions. But its scope cuts across six major themes:

1. Peace & Security
2. Development
3. Environment
4. New Technologies
5. Inclusive Economy
6. Culture & Education

The annual event is more than a conference. It is also a fair, a congress and a summit. It is made up of three spaces:

1. SPACE FOR SOLUTIONS
where all organizations can showcase and advance a new governance project.

2. SPACE FOR DEBATES
where stakeholders discuss projects, initiatives, and ideas to address the challenges of our world.

3. SPACE FOR INNOVATION
where experts help create the technological solutions for the world of tomorrow.

You are a project leader, a journalist or an actor of global governance? You want to become partner of the Forum?
Find here how to be part of the 2019 edition of the Paris Peace Forum!
Find here the 2019 selected projects

Rationale

Published on 25/07/2019

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