Paris Peace Forum: Everything you need to know about the third edition

A new digital experience 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s resurgence, the third edition of the Paris Peace Forum will be held in digital format.

A unique platform, specifically designed to replicate the physical experience and enable a full event to be held in times of pandemic, will allow more than 10,000 participants to take part in the 2020 edition of the Forum.

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“While the initial plan was designed to exceed health regulations and restrictions, we have chosen a zero risk approach to avoid any potential contamination. As a result, no guests, speakers or participants will be present at la Grande Halle de La Villette.

This year’s Forum is devoted to the response to the crisis and the principles that should govern the post-Covid international order. It also focuses on projects and initiatives from around the world aimed at providing immediate responses to the Covid-19 pandemic, improving our medium-term resilience, and rebuilding a more sustainable world.”

Justin Vaïsse, Director General of the Paris Peace Forum

Participating online is far more than following a live stream. Registering for the digital platform will allow participants to:

🗣️Explore each and every panel on the rich agenda of debate sessions, both live and replay (only a few panels will be streamed outside of the platform).

🙋Share your ideas and interact directly with panel speakers via Question & Answer tools and audience polling.

🤝Connect with other participants via dynamic networking tools able to algorithmically match you with other actors of global governance.

💬Exchange with other participantson topics important to you via dynamic live chat & video tools.

🌐Discover 100 #SolutionsforPeace in the Space for Solutions, watch each project’s pitch and connect with the project leaders.

📅Create your own personalized agenda with debate sessions, pitches and networking meetings so you don’t miss a single moment.

👨‍🏫Learn about topics of interest by participating in online workshops hosted by the Forum’s partners.

Only participants registered before the event will have access to the digital platform this 11-13 November, so be sure to complete your invitation request online!

Request your online invitation today!

A program that goes beyond simple discussions to provide solutions

There will be a full program of sessions focused on concrete initiatives and projects, such as the Paris Call on Cybersecurity, the ACT-A initiative promoting diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for all, or the Finance in Common Summit gathering public development banks from around the world for a greener recovery, and many more. The highlights on the agenda include:

  • The Official Ceremony on 12 November at 2pm will feature multiple heads of state, government and international organizations who will gather around French President Emmanuel Macron to work on a collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic – and define what the principles for the post-Covid 19 world should be.
  • Public development banks represent 10% of global investment every year. If we want progress on the SDGs and climate objectives, they need to convene and agree on aligning their investment on these objectives. That is what the Finance in Common Summit will be all about, featuring 450 development finance institutions and multiple sessions throughout the day the 12 November.
  • 11 November at 3pm (Paris time) – Global institutions and states have not always mounted a convincing response to the pandemic, leaving local governments on the frontlines. Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of Paris), Michael Bloomberg (Bloomberg Philanthropies), and Frans Timmermans (European Commission) will highlight the critical role cities have played and will play in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 11 November at 4:30pm (Paris time) –The Covid-19 pandemic is hitting refugees hard: Peter Maurer (ICRC), Nadia Murad (Nadia’s Initiative, Nobel Peace Prize) and David Miliband (International Rescue Committee) will address the crisis adding to existing crises – and what can be done to alleviate the plight of refugees.
  • 11 November at 4pm (Paris time) – Africa has resisted the Covid-19 pandemic well: Louise Mushikiwabo (OIF), Mo Ibrahim (Mo Ibrahim Foundation), Tidjane Thiam (African Union) and Koen Doens (DEVCO) will review the record and the dangers that lie ahead – and what should be done collectively to address them.
  • 2 sessions at 4:15pm and 5pm (Paris time) on 12 November – The world won’t escape the grip of Covid-19 without making effective medical tools available to all, and that is the aim of the multi-actor ACT-A initiative (Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator). The Paris Peace Forum will feature two exceptional panels on ACT-A, with French President Emmanuel Macron, Melinda Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Tedros Ghebreyesus (WHO), Adar Poonawalla (Serum Institute of India), Marisol Touraine (Unitaid), Seth Berkley (Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance) and many others to discuss vaccines for all.
  • 13 November at 10:45am (Paris time) – Will the post-Covid19 world be a copy of the pre-Covid19 world? Or do we need to re-think our productive system, which is creating many negative externalities? Bruno Le Maire (Minister for the Economy, Finance and Recovery, France), Mohammed Yunus (Grameen Bank, Nobel Peace Prize) and Mari Pangestu (World Bank Group) will tackle the question of reforming capitalism to tend to health, the environment and social cohesion.
  • 13 November at 3pm (Paris time) –With the pandemic, our lives have gone online more than ever, exacerbating cyber dilemmas and dangers. Among the many digital issues addressed by the Forum, the Paris Call on Cybersecurity – born during the 2018 edition of the Paris Peace Forum – will take a leap forward with Jean-Yves le Drian (Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, France), Brad Smith (Microsoft) and UN representatives, among others.

Explore the complete program

Gathering experts from around the world

The Forum unites hundreds of speakers from around the globe, representing a variety of sectors – local and national governments, international organizations, NGOs, large companies, philanthropy, academia, media, and more. This multi-stakeholder approach ensures a comprehensive balance of sectors, themes, and geographical areas. Everyone, from high profile personalities, project experts and actors of civil society, takes part in open dialogue, standing united in diversity as they discuss solutions rather than problems.

In 2020, the third edition will include the participation of hundreds of speakers, including many heads of the world’s leading international and regional organizations, business leaders, philanthropic foundations, universities, the media and representatives of international civil society.

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A Space for Solutions to put the spotlight on 100 solutions to bounce back from Covid-19

The Call for Projects received more than 850 applications – a record since the creation of the Forum – from all types of actors: NGOs, companies, international organizations, states, local authorities… This is a sign that, despite the pandemic, there remains an astounding reservoir of international cooperation and a willingness to respond to the crisis collectively.

Of the 100 Selected Projects, 46 focus on immediate responses to the health, social and economic crisis, particularly concentrating on the three priorities of this year’s Forum: the governance of health, the use and regulation of digital tools and platforms to respond to the crisis, and the support of civil society and economic activity in times of pandemics. The projects respond to the crisis around the world, with half of the 2020 Selected Projects implemented globally, or on at least two continents.

Other selected initiatives provide answers to many challenges that did not disappear with the Coronavirus or, on the contrary, have increased: reconciling development finance with climate efforts, protecting the oceans, improving access to clean water, making outer space safe and sustainable, regulation the use of data and AI, enhancing the governance of education and ensuring gender equality.

Throughout the 3-day event, each project will have to opportunity to pitch their initiative.

Discover all the 2020 Selected Projects