Call for applications to intervene at the Paris Peace Forum

PSIA and the Paris Peace Forum team are seeking students to intervene in the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum, to be held at La Grande Halle de La Villette on 11-13 November 2018.

The Paris Peace Forum is an annual platform for governance projects. Conceived as a response to rising tensions in the contemporary world, it is based on the conviction that durable peace can only be achieved through transnational cooperation in several sectors. The Forum thus aims to be the place of all cooperative solutions in the fields of peace and security, environment, development, new technologies and inclusive economy.

Inspired by the COP21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will bring 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.). Furthermore, some 120 governance projects from all over the world will be showcased during the event  in the "Space for solutions" (the exhibition space).

For more information visit the Paris Peace Forum website.

PSIA and the Paris Peace Forum team are looking for students speakers to participate in the following panels:

  • Global Governance: Bottom-up Mode

Date: Monday 12 November from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Format: Brainstorm

Description: After massive efforts made by the UN to reach out to citizens to build the SDGs, has the time come to create a World Citizen Parliament? How should the UN General Assembly look like in the 21st century? Engage with our project leaders to share your thoughts on the future of the UN!

  • Nature: A Stakeholder in Global Governance

Date: Monday 12 November from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
Format: Fishbowl

Description: Long-lasting efforts have been made by consulting and accounting firms across the world to ensure the accuracy of our financial reporting. Nonetheless, firms continue to struggle to account for their social or environmental impact. Could nature serve as a governance stakeholder for the design of such corporate reporting? Get involved in this conversation!

  • Justice(s) for Future Generations

Date: Monday 12 November from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Format: Masterclass

Description: There is no law ruling our responsibility towards future generations. As long as Parliaments do not intend to meet this expectation, we should explore the role of Supreme Courts on how to formulate more sustainable policies for future generations. Step in and engage with Justices at the Paris Peace Forum for a brainstorm.

  • Global Governance and the Two Cents of Philanthropists

Date: Tuesday 13 November from 12:15 pm to 1 pm
Format: Fishbowl

Description: Amid global governance deadlocks at the political level, the philanthropic sector has an important role to play as a facilitator and agenda-setter. Can a UN Resolution on Philanthropy increase the sector’s effectiveness and legitimacy? Have your say in this session.

  • Finance for Climate: A Way to Go Forward, a Way to Go Faster

Date: Tuesday 13 November from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
Format: Brainstorm

Description: The fight against climate change can leverage on the financial industry to accelerate the shift of the private sector towards a lower carbon trajectory. To this end, development of fit-for-purpose financial instruments is of utmost importance. Join the conversation with project leaders aiming for this target!

For the description of formats please visit the Paris Peace Forum website.

Application process

Please apply via this online application form by Wednesday 31 October, at 23:59 pm, Paris time.

Personal Data: by completing the application form you accept that your personal information will be shared with PSIA team and the Paris Peace Forum team. Moreover, due to the nature of the conference and the high-profile of attendees, personal data of selected students will be forwarded to the Paris Police Department for security check. This step is required for selected students to receive the badge and to access the conference venue.

Selection procedure and conditions

Eligibility: the positions are open to students currently enrolled in any PSIA degree (including dual degrees) or as a PSIA exchange student.

Selection criteria: students will be selected on their knowledge and interest in the chosen panel and on their motivation to be a panelist.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted on Monday 5 November. Results will be announced to all applicants by Thursday 8 November.

Availability: selected students must arrive on site at least 1 hour before the panel schedule.

Paris Peace Forum Volunteer Program: students already selected for the Paris Peace Forum Volunteer Program have the possibility to apply to be speakers as well.

Course attendance: whilst absences from PSIA courses during the Paris Peace Forum will be justified for students selected, Article 5 on Student default of the Academic Regulations will still apply. For the avoidance of doubt, class absence during the Paris Peace Forum will normally count towards the two absences per course allowed for in the Regulation.

Contact information

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