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13 November 2019, Paris, France – The Philippines was represented at the minister-level in the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum held from 12-13 November 2019 through the participation of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., and his chief of staff and the office’s spokesperson, Director Wilben Mayor.

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13 November 2019, Paris – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Hon. Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. (right) and his chief of staff and OPAPP Spokesperson, Mr. Wilben M. Mayor, represent the Philippine Government in the 2019 Paris Peace Forum.

Secretary Galvez was able to attend the opening ceremony on November 12 wherein the French President Emmanuel Macron delivered his message, as well as other world leaders including the President Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and the President-Elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Throughout the two days of the forum, held at the La Grande Halle de La Villette located in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, the Philippine delegation chose to participate in several dialogues/discussions on particular topics that were most relevant to the Philippine context. The Secretary had noted how the country’s experiences in its own peace processes could certainly enrich the Paris Peace Forum’s upcoming editions.

Following the tradition of inviting delegations to deposit at the forum’s Peace Globe a universal art work which evokes peace or solutions to our world challenges, Secretary Galvez turned over the book entitled, “147 Days to Liberation: The Fight for Marawi in Images” on the Marawi Siege of 2017.

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13 November 2019, Paris, France – Secretary Galvez deposits a symbolic gesture in the forum’s Peace Globe. A video interview was recorded explaining the choice for the book on the Marawi siege.

According to its official website, “the Paris Peace Forum is held every year on 11-13 November in Paris with the aim to place global governance at the top of the international agenda. Stakeholders discuss global governance issues and cooperate on solutions through three spaces: space for Solutions; space for Debates; and space for Innovations. It is also a resource to help implement and scale-up the most promising governance projects.”

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13 November 2019, Paris – Secretary Galvez and the Philippine delegation the Paris Peace Forum with First Secretary Christina Rola McKernan and Col. Romeo Macapaz from the Philippine Embassy in Paris at the Peace Globe of the Paris Peace Forum.

In the closing ceremony of the forum, it was noted that this 2019 edition had an estimated 7,000 participants with 140 countries represented. It was attended by 33 heads of state and government and 12 international organizations. Out of 114 projects showcased at the forum, 10 had been selected as having the “best fit” with the aims of the Paris Peace Forum Scale-Up Committee, which will provide mentorship and support to the project proponents. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END.