The Paris Peace Forum is part of the drive by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism and collective action in responding to current global challenges.
The aim is to strive towards peace through better global governance and promote means of reducing international tensions including cooperation between States to confront cross-boundary challenges, collective management of global common goods and better regulation of the internet and communication.
Inspired by the COP21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will be a place for sharing experiences and innovative solutions bringing together all governance stakeholders including Heads of State and Government, local and national elected representatives, regional and international organizations and civil society in the wider sense (businesses, associations, NGOs, foundations, think tanks, media outlets, religious representatives, unions, etc.).
The first edition of the Paris Peace Forum was held from 11 to 13 November 2018 at la Grande Halle de La Villette and convened actors from civil society around the world to advance concrete global governance solutions:
- 65 Heads of State and Government as well as 10 leaders from internationals organizations attended the inauguration and led more than 40 bilateral meetings;
- 121 project teams showcased their concrete solutions to international challenges;
- 300 high-level speakers participated in interactive debates;
- 80 high-tech enthusiasts took part in a three-day hackathon;
- 700 journalists attended from around the globe to cover the event;
- More than 6,000 representatives of NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and civil society at large.