100 Sciences Po students at the Paris Peace Forum

Sciences Po is proud to be one of the six founding members of the Paris Peace Forum, a global platform for governance projects spearheaded by President Emmanuel Macron (FR). The first ever edition took place from 11-13 of November with over 70 heads of state present to discuss and debate global governance. 100 students from Sciences Po took part in and volunteered at the event: watch the video to hear about their novel experience.

This international meeting is to become an annual event promoting governance solutions in five key areas: peace and security, environment, development, new technologies, and inclusive economy.

For the inauguration of this first edition, Emmanuel Macron invited Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, to mediate the debate by his side at the Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris on November 11, before an assembly of heads of state and key stakeholders in global governance.

Inspired by the COP 21 model, the Paris Peace Forum is a symposium for discussion and debate, but also a space for showcasing innovative projects from across the globe led by various stakeholders in governance, including international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, universities, companies and individuals, with a special emphasis on civil society initiatives.

Out of 900 projects submitted, 119 were selected by the PPF Executive Committee, of which the Vice President for International Affairs at Sciences Po, Dr Vanessa Scherrer, is a member. The projects were presented at the forum with the active help of one hundred student volunteers from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, who played a key role in the smooth running and success of the event. Amongst the students, 49 nationalities are represented and 29 languages spoken. At the end of the Forum, 10 projects were selected to receive continual support from a dedicated Scale Up Committee, in order to pursue the Forum’s commitment.

The Forum’s rich programme also included over 60 panels and roundtables on topics pertaining to global governance. Several Affiliate Professors represented Sciences Po in these debates, including Laurence Tubiana, who was a key speaker in the Agora debate on climate change, Enrico Letta, Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs and Former Prime Minister of Italy, who took part in the panel on immigration, as well as Miguel Moratinos and Bruno Stagno Ugarte, amongst others. Enrico Letta also moderated the great debate between heads of state on Sunday.

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