The Normandy World Peace Forum is a major international event initiated by the Normandy Region, which will be attended by heads of state, leading academics, political specialists and guest speakers on 4th and 5th June 2019 in Caen, just before the anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
This Normandy World Peace Forum is an annual opportunity for reflection and discussions on global tensions and peace-building. It is part of the Region’s considerable focus on remembrance and peace since 1945. Supported by regional authorities, museums and the educational community, many initiatives have been created to share these memories and to support new generations as they try to understand the modern world and the peace- building process. The Normandy World Peace Forum is also a laboratory for sustainable peace with initiatives, certified projects and events all year long to promote the values of peace and freedom.
The 2019 World Forum, focused on the theme of ‘The Peacemakers’, will include conferences, debates, a Village for Peace and highlights for young people.
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.
The highlights of this second edition will include three major conferences, thirty topical and interactive debates with a focus on Colombia to illustrate the Forum’s overall theme, 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, to whom the Region will pay an incredible tribute.