August 29-31, 2017: France hosts Ambassadors’ week in Paris

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the 2017 edition of the Ambassadors’ Week, gathering all its ambassadors in Paris. This year’s theme is ‘Renewing our actions in a changing world’. A number of topics are on the agenda, including the future of Europe, multilateralism, French diplomacy in the age of digital development, and economic diplomacy. The issues are tackled by the ambassadors during private working sessions. On August 29, 2017, debates are open to the public (upon registration).

Event page – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in French)

Registration page – Eventbrite


10th annual Convergences World Forum held in Paris

The 10th annual meeting of the multi-stakeholders platform ‘Convergences’ gathers public institutions, private companies, and civil society organizations (CSOs) who “seek innovative solutions to fight poverty in the world”. This year, the forum is entitled ‘Together, let’s innovate for a 3Zero (zero exclusion, zero carbon, zero poverty) World!’, and focuses on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, and 17. Around 450 practitioners speak during the conferences, and over 7,000 people are expected to attend the workshops.

Location: Paris, France

Website - Convergences


September 19, 2017: Workshop on implemention of SDGs in Europe takes place in Paris

Paris-based think tank IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) hosts a workshop entitled ‘Implementing SDGs in and by Europe: What role for NGOs in the new partnership?’. Around 30 representatives from various European national governments, EU institutions, NGOs, and other CSOs convene to exchange best practices, discuss challenges of, and identify possibilities in, implementing the Agenda 2030. This is a closed workshop; interested participants should email IDDRI to register.

Location : Paris, France

Event page - IDDRI Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations


‘Festival of Solidarities’ launches in France

From November 17 to December 3, 2017, the ‘Festival of Solidarities’ calls for participants all over France to organize events on a wide range of issues related to solidarity and cooperation, nationally and internationally. The festival has five main goals: 1) to inform on solidarity and cooperation, 2) to give more visibility to international solidarity, 3) to offer concrete actions for citizens willing to be more active, 4) to involve a broad diversity of actors and themes, and 5) to foster partnerships and collective dynamics between all stakeholders in society.

The event is supported by the French Development Agency (AFD), the Ministry for Education and Research, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other partners.

Location: France

Website – Festival des Solidarités (in French)