I am delighted that, for the second year, the Open Diplomacy Institute and the Normandy Region have been able to continue the Parliamentarians for Peace program as part of the Normandy for Peace initiative. The 2021 Peace Policy Platform concludes a year of work impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has put the health and resilience of our societies back at the heart of the considerations of decision-makers around the world.
It is in this very particular context that fifteen parliamentarians from all continents have worked together to identify and promote solutions to four major challenges that the contemporary world is facing: the prevention of future health crises, the emergence of environmental crises, the persistence of inequalities and the concerns that new technologies raise. Their work highlights the great challenges posed by these issues, particularly because of the frailty of international institutions and, more broadly, of global governance.
Along with the 2021 edition of the Normandy World Peace Forum, Parliamentarians for Peace have rightly placed the issues related to governance at the heart of their discussions. The repeated crises of the past few years, whether political, societal or environmental, have raised fears that the multilateral international order we have known since the end of the Second World War may be called into question. The early stages of the health crisis have shown that in the face of extreme and unforeseen events, the limits of international solidarity can be quickly reached and isolationism can quickly resurface.
Through their work, the parliamentarians involved in this project are working to build solutions to address these threats and pave the way for building a global and sustainable peace through dialogue and the promotion of common values. This global and lasting peace is today an essential ambition that we can only achieve if we pursue it collectively, as we live in a world that is more interconnected than ever before, where the difficulties we face are themselves increasingly global.
That is why I am glad to witness the growth of this network of parliamentarians committed to peace and freedom, who are bringing to life the Normandy Manifesto for Peace, which was signed in 2019 by four Nobel Peace Prize winners. I encourage you all to support this project and to join the initiatives it presents and I look forward to seeing you in 2022 for the 5th edition of the Normandy World Peace Forum and the next stage of the work of Parliamentarians for Peace.
Editorial by Senator Catherine Morin-Desailly and Thomas Friang, Co-chairs of the P4P
The pandemic has been raging on for many months, causing drastic geopolitical, economic and social consequences. In this increasingly tense context, the Parliamentarians for Peace have continued their cross-border and cross-party collaboration towards the fourth Normandy Peace Forum.
Beyond today’s practical and political obstacles, dialogue has remained at the core of this initiative. For the second year, the Open Diplomacy Institute and the Normandy Region cooperated to gather Parliamentarians of all sensibilities and backgrounds to reflect on the conditions for sustainable peace.
In 2021, we extended this network to new institutions: from the Argentinean Chamber of Deputies to the Jordanian Senate, from the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly to the European Parliament, the geographical scope of the Parliamentarians for Peace has opened up broader than in 2020.
We co-chaired the work of fifteen political leaders, from Ireland to Malaysia, from Brazil to India, dedicated to shaping a clear roadmap, articulated on solid principles and precise solutions. Our objective was to chart a course to build a fairer world : our world, which has been so profoundly reshaped by the ecological and digital transitions, so deeply disrupted by the pandemic.
On behalf of the Parliamentarians for Peace, we would like to extend our thanks to the high-level experts we have interviewed to develop this Peace Policy Platform, which we hope will contribute to sketch out a desirable future in an unstable world.
The bonds forged by this extraordinary community, coming from all corners of the world, will contribute to the strengthening of the often criticized, regularly mocked and frequently weakened multilateral system. Multilateralism can and must remain our main vector of international cooperation to face the current transnational challenges.
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