European Youth Association at the Paris Peace Forum 2020



The Paris Peace Forum is an annual 3-day gathering of international peace actors, heads of state/donor governments, civil society and private sector to build new forms of collective action for advancing worldwide governance projects that lead to peace. The Forum addresses peace through global coordination and cooperation: Lasting peace will only be achieved through adapted and effective global coordination to address current issues.

The idea is not only to highlight selected projects, but to strengthen and support them in their implementation and development. The Forum was conceptualized in 2018 by French President Emmanuel Macron and is currently the only forum that convenes international organizations/peace actors, donors/senior government officials and private sector. Due to the ongoing COVID19 situation, this year the Forum has been moved completely online.

Our CEO Mr. Dejan Ilioski took part from 11 to 13 November 2020 on the third Paris Peace Forum. He’s participated in different panel sessions.

As a platform, the Paris Peace Forum pushes forward innovative solutions to tackle today’s global challenges related to the 6 themes comprising the focus of the annual event: Peace & Security, Development, Environment, New technologies, Inclusive economy, Culture & Education.

In 2020, given the extraordinary context of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Forum supported projects and initiatives from around the world seeking to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, improve our collective resilience and build a more robust and sustainable world.

World leaders called for close collaborations, inclusion, and greening the economy during the official ceremony of the  #parispeaceforum2020.

“We must do all we can to preserve a global system that respects international law, a multipolar world with solid multilateral institutions” – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

This pandemic has shown us that there is no limit to humanity and unity, and leading figures from across the world are seeing hope for further and closer multilateral collaborations to overcome this pandemic.

One of the interesting panel session was learning from the pandemic: “Rethinking education in a post-Covid-19 era”

The Covid-19 pandemic has placed education systems in an unprecedented situation. At its peak, schools were closed in 190 countries, affecting 1.5 billion students, or 90% of the global student body. With almost no warning, governments and private institutions had to switch from presential to distance learning, whether online, through TV or radio broadcasts or take home packages, transforming the educational model and the relationship between technology and learning. This challenge has accelerated innovation, cooperation, and partnerships worldwide. It has also exposed deep inequalities in access to infrastructure and educational tools as well as data system vulnerabilities.

Read more about the forum on the official website

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