JLT Hubert Vedrine Marc Lefèvre

07 Jun 2018

Peace Forum in Normandy


The first Peace Forum, called Normandy for Peace, imagined by President Morin was held in Caen on 7-8 June and attended by Deputy Le Tocq, member of the Policy & Resources committee in Guernsey, on behalf of the Channels Islands.

For two days, more than 5,000 people (including a large representation of young people) joined the Abbaye-aux-Dames, headquarter of the Regional Council of Normandy, to attend debates of “very high quality and very high level led by international experts – like Ban Ki Moon, former Secretary General of the UN or the former foreign minister, Hubert Védrine”. It is indeed more than 130 speakers who came from Europe, America, Africa or Australia. 35 countries were represented at the event.

The topics were varied and topical, the situation in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Afghanistan, the Balkans and thematic workshops on nuclear deterrence, war journalism, child soldiers or terrorism, etc.

President Morin, for whom “Normandy has the historic legitimacy of talking about the construction of peace” wishes to perpetuate this event, which will take place each year after the commemorations of the D-Day of 6 June 1944 and the Battle of Normandy, with the ambition to contribute to “the establishment of models of anticipation of crises with the leaders of this world”.


Guernsey's Bailiff and other island officials