- Macron Peace Forum to Kick Off Sunday in Paris
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first edition of the Paris Peace Forum, created by French President Emmanuel Macron, will bring together world leaders, international organizations, think tanks and nonprofits to discuss on Sunday security, terrorism, climate, green energy, global governance, cyberthreats and other pressing issues of the 21st century.
The forum, which France is looking to turn into an annual multilateral peace conference, is inaugurated as the world marks 100 years since of end of World War I. The 2018 Armistice Day celebrations will draw a record number of the world leaders, invited by the French president.
Official delegations from more than 60 countries are expected to travel to Paris to take part in the commemoration of the armistice, signed on November 11, 1918, between Germany and allies. The two-day celebrations started on Saturday when heads of state met over a dinner, held by Macron at Musee d’Orsay, followed by a concert in Paris Philharmonie.
Armistice Day celebrations will kick off at 11 a.m. (10:00 GMT) Sunday, with Macron delivering an opening speech at Arc de Triumph. This year the military parade on the Champs Elysee would be even more festive, with dozens of heads of state and government, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart leader Donald Trump, expected to attend.
Macron floated the idea of a peace forum – a new global platform for summit talks on the challenges the world is facing – in January 2018, drawing attention of experts and journalists worldwide.