The first edition of the Paris Peace Forum
La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris.
Founded by Sciences Po, the Körber Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), the Montaigne Institute and the French Republic, represented by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Paris Peace Forum is envisioned as a recurring, annual event to promote governance solutions in five key issues: peace and security, environement, development, new technologies, inclusive economy.
Inspired by the COP 21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will be a forum for discussion and debate with special emphasis on civil society initiatives and for sharing experiences and innovative solutions involving all the stakeholders in governance:
• Heads of State and Government leaders, local and national elected representatives;
• Regional and international organisations, especially UN agencies;
• Civil society in its broadest sense: companies, associations, NGOs, foundations, think tanks, media, trade unions, religious leaders, philanthropists, experts etc.
The Forum aims to demonstrate that there is still a momentum for collective action, both among states and civil societies as well as in the Global North and Global South. In order to move beyond populism and inter-state tensions, this forum offers the right setting for convening actors from around the world to launch formal initiatives, track-two exercises, mediations and bilateral dialogues.
OCP Policy Center will sponsor the presentation of a governance project at the Paris Peace Forum submitted by Amilcar Romero, Founder and President of Ankawa International and Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader (ADEL) 2017 called "3d Printed Satellites for Territorial & Water Governance Program". It is a high-tech initiative from Ankawa International, Global Action Tank for Social Transformation based in Peru (Cusco), aiming to develop 3d printed satellites with sophisticated software capabilities in order to provide up-to-date information to developing countries on territorial and maritime governance. Deforestation, pollution, borders filtration, sanitary conditions on highly-populated areas, internet connection in rural areas, etc., are important information required to adopt policies on climate change, conflict-resolutions and human development. This kind of information is easily conveyed by technologies such as satellites, however, because of the price tag, only some countries can afford access to this technology. This project will provide this technology at an affordable price tag to the least developed countries.
OCP Policy Center will also be represented as part of the Middle East Strategic Dialogue, which has been selected by the Selection Committee of the Paris Peace Forum. In September 2018, The Shaikh Group has launched its Track II initiative "The Shaikh Group: Middle East Strategic Dialogue". Supported by the Institut Montaigne in Paris, the OCP Policy Center in Rabat, as well as the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this project’s novel contribution consists in taking an “outside-in” approach to regional dialogue, by facilitating a series of consultations initially among former officials and senior experts from international powers - the United States, Russia, China, India and Europe - who are subsequently joined by regional actors. Since the difficulties in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have reached an unprecedented level of complexity and concomitant corrosive effect in the international system, there is today a need for global powers to find common ground and greater understanding between themselves first, before engaging regional parties on a long-term framework for the future. The dialogue series aims to produce tangible policy recommendations for key capitals and international stakeholders on improved governance mechanisms to address the spread of insecurity and conflict in MENA. The initiative will run for up to three years and consist of three phases, which will cumulatively build on each other and are focused on: Phase 1) a strategic dialogue on the interests and approaches of global powers to the MENA region; Phase 2) dialogue among these powers and key regional actors, and Phase 3) arrival at conclusions and recommendations for key international stakeholders.