It was an honour for the 1,000 Abrahamic Circles Project to be invited to the Paris Peace Forum’s premiere gathering, as one of 121 governance projects selected from 850 applications from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors, 65 heads of state and 10 international organizations joined with local governments, NGOs and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens, under the roof of the La Grande Halle de La Villette, to discuss concrete global governance solutions.
Coinciding with ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum was inaugurated on 11 November by Emmanuel Macron, Trisha Shetty, Angela Merkel and Antonio Guterres, before more than 60 Heads of State and Government -- such as Vladimir Putin, Justin Trudeau, Paul Kagame, Uhuru Kenyatta, Macky Sall, Sergio Mattarella, Alassane Outtara, and 10 international organization leaders, including Audrey Azoulay, Jim Kim, Christine Lagarde, Guy Ryder, Robero Azavedo, Antonio Tajani.
Our CEO and founder, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, COO Stanley Harsha, and Advisor, Jovan Jovanovic, had the honour of sharing the space with them and our project was met with great enthusiasm as an innovative and realistic means to bridge interfaith understanding.
On 12 and 13 November, debates carried on the whole days in more than 7 spaces such as the Agora, the Auditorium, the Mini-agoras, the Lab, the pitches and the press room.
It was amazing to meet the constant flow of visitors who stopped by our stand. Our project’s founding CEO, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, was especially delighted to run into his dear friend, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate José Ramos Horta, and to hear that he found the project highly innovative and uniquely promising.
Above all, we were also given the opportunity to present the project in front of four heads of States! And only five projects were selected to do so.
These three days were filled with intensive sharing of concrete solution accelerators: 121 project leaders of the Paris Peace Forum presented their projects in the Space for Solutions in front of high level personalities, global governance stakeholders and media, by having the opportunity to network at their stand or to discuss it through pitches.
Two members of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee, Haifa Dia Al-Attia, founding CEO of the Queen Rania Foundation (left), and Rouba Mhaissen, Founder of Sawa Foundation, (right), stopped by our stand and offered valuable advice and encouragement to our COO Stanley Harsha (center).