3rd Normandy World Peace Forum

The third edition of the World Peace Forum, organized by the Normandy Region, will take place on October 1 and 2 at the Abbaye aux Dames in Caen. The Normandy Chair of Excellence for Peace, launched and supported by the Normandy Region and the CNRS, and supported by the MRSH (CNRS – University of Caen Normandy) invites you to attend.

• The Reasons for Anger: Social, Democratic and Environmental Issues for Peace (Plenary) October 1st (9:30am – 12:45pm) With notably the intervention of Antonio Oposa (Leader of the Normandy Chair for Peace) as well as: António Guterres (UN Secretary General), Nicolas Hulot (Former Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy), Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Photographer, film director and President of the GoodPlanet Foundation), Jane Goodall (Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & United Nations Messenger of Peace)… The COVID19 pandemic has added to global warming and the increase of inequalities all over the planet to create a particularly anxiety-provoking context. It has increased the feeling of mistrust towards national and international institutions and superimposed it on the feeling of being downgraded for a part of the population, making social links even more fragile. While health, environmental and social issues appear to be more interconnected than ever, the transition to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly economy calls into question the current model. Demonstrations of citizen anger are being expressed on all continents to demand solutions that meet the challenges. The rise of violence, identity-based tensions and extremist temptations are all threats to peace, both on a local and international scale. What answers can be formulated to make a success of our transition to a sustainable development model(s) that guarantees peace?

• Amazonia: a global issue (Debate) October 1st (5:30 – 7:00 pm) With Emilie Gaillard (General Coordinator of the Normandy Chair for Peace), François Michel Le Tourneu (geographer, CNRS) and the Cacique Ninawa Moderator: Gert Peter Bruch (Amazon Planet) Considered as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon crystallizes divergent interests. Vast virgin space essential for the future of humanity, it also constitutes an economic manna from which several countries intend to profit, including Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, which calls for the respect of its national sovereignty. What solutions do environmental law and international organizations offer to preserve this unique natural resource? What is the place of indigenous peoples in these discussions?

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