This is apparently an initiative of none other than President Macron of France. It is aimed to be the ‘Davos’ of the peace movement, a high-level meeting of interested parties occurring once every year. The website declares
“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.”

We hope to be among the 150 initiatives selected to present at the 2018 meeting.

Chris Hamer