President Kaljulaid to participate in Paris Peace Forum

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This week, President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a work visit to Paris where she will take part in the Paris Peace Forum at the invitation of President Macron, and give presentations at UNESCO’s General Conference and the GovTech summit on e-governance.

 Paris Peace Forum is a gathering started at the initiative of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, where heads of state along with representatives of international organisations and third sector come together to find solutions to the challenges ahead of us. The forum takes place for the second time and will this year focus on climate, cyber security and good election practice. President Kaljulaid will give a presentation in a round table on artificial intelligence. The president and other heads of state and leaders of international organisations will also take part in a Peace Forum dinner, hosted by President Macron in the Champs Élysée.

The Head of State will also take place in the opening event of UNESCO’s General Conference; she will speak about digital game-changing technologies. President Kaljulaid will also give a presentation at a joint e-health conference organised by the Estonian Embassy in Paris, Enterprise Estonia and France Digital Health. France plans to adopt several services applicable already in Estonia in the coming years, such as digital prescriptions and system of referrals, and Estonia is sharing its experiences in this sphere.

At the GovTech summit that gathers international e-governance actors from public and private sector, the Head of State will speak of the options for transferring Estonia’s digital model and the challenges faced by digital society, including data protection, trust and coping with digital threats.

President Kaljulaid will also participate at the graduation event of École Nationale d’Administration for civil servants; she is the patron of the school and will tell the young top managers, among other things, about the need to reformulate education within digital society. Earlier patrons of the course have included the leading EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, former President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and former President of France, Valery Giscard d’Estaing.

President Kersti Kaljulaid will return to Estonia late on Thursday night.

Krishan Chand

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