The World Forum Normandy for Peace will take place in Caen (FR) at the Abbey aux Dames, the 4th and 5th June 2019. AER is contributing to this event with a debate panel on the role for local and regional authorities in peace-building.
Peacemaking in Normandy
For its second edition, the World Forum Normandy for Peace will be
An international event open to all, the World Forum Normandy for
Stepping in the
footseps of giants
The first edition brought together more than 5,000 people alongside internationally renowned public figures, including Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary General of the UN, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, Vice President of the European Parliament and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister.
This year, no less than five Nobel Prize winners will participate in the event. Among them Denis Mukwege, the joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize with Nadia Murad for their fight against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in conflicts.
A focus on civil society & youth
The peace developments in Columbia will be at the center of discussions. Other highlights include the presentation of the European Parliament’s ‘Normandy for Peace’ index, the signing of the Normandy for Peace Manifesto, the European programme Walk the Global Walk with 800 young people from Normandy and their work on sustainable development projects, the award ceremony of the first Freedom Prize, attended by young people and veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
National and international
interregionnal cooperation for peace
At the heart of the AER philosophy, lays the idea that local and regional levels form the bedrock of fruitful dialogue for peace and better governance.
Melanie Sully, an expert from the AER Observatory on Regionalisation explains in her article on interregional cooperation in Europe:
As time went by good governance building blocks became an important aspect of security concerns going hand in hand for provision of sustainable peace and security.”
One of the places in Europe where this has been particularly tangible is the Black Sea area, where AER developed cooperations early on. A major achievement is the organisation of seven consecutive Black Sea Summits, which gathered all stakeholders from the regions surrounding the Black Sea to increase their cooperation, develop new partnerships and exchange best practices. In a region which has witnessed tensions and conflicts over the past years, AER has constantly encouraged projects promoting dialogue and joint initiatives.
Regions and peace-building
AER is co-organising a debate with the Congress of the Council of Europe at the World Forum Normandy for Peace about the role for local and regional authorities in peace-building on June 4, 2019, from 15:15 to 16:30.
The debate will be moderated by Thomas Andersson, President of the Regional Council of Jämtland (SE) and an active member of AER. The panel will feature the following speakers:
- Mr Xavier Cadoret, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress
MsDörte Liebetruth, member of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress MsKelly McBride, member of the Democratic Society
More detailed information about the Peace Forum, the programme and registration are provided on the official Peace Forum website.
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