2nd World Philanthropy Forum to be held in Beijing

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The Second “World Philanthropy Forum,” jointly organized by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Tsinghua University, is slated to be held in Beijing on Nov. 29-30, 2017.

The theme of this forum is “Collaboration.” Over 100 heavy-hitters from more than 30 countries will engage in seven high-end dialogues and four parallel forums on such topics as strategies for women and children's health, anti-poverty and social governance, youth development, social influence investment, green cooperation, foundation industry governance and cooperation, charity and social services by Chinese people at home and abroad and “Belt and Road”, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and international social organizations.

According to the organizers, the forum will be attended by the heads of such organizations as Ford Foundation, Oxfam, Junior Achievement, Greenpeace, Rockefeller Foundation, British Children's Investment Foundation, British Children's Investment Foundation, Roberson Foundation Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Global Funders' Network, World Vision International, World Resources Institute, Tata Trust, Asia Foundation, Give2Asia, Mercy Corps, Center for Asian Philanthropy and Society, The Association of Philanthropy Indonesia, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy and China Center for International Knowledge on Development. Moreover, Julia Gillard, Chair of Global Partnership for Education and former Australian Prime Minister; Helle Thorning-Schmidt, President of the Save the Children and former Prime Minister of Denmark and guests from Russia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, et al. will deliver speeches or take part in dialogues.

The second World Philanthropy Forum is jointly organized by the Institute for Philanthropy Tsinghua University, Tsinghua University Social Work Education Center, and China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development. Upholding the philosophy of the first World Philanthropy Forum, this forum will continue to focus on the sharing of experience, academic exchange, policy advocacy and practice concerning public charity and social services around the world, and promote exchange, cooperation, development and personnel training among colleagues in public charity and social work in China and the world; focus on, promote and implement the people's livelihood projects and people-to-people communication under the Belt and Road Initiative and South-South cooperation framework; and actively implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals and promote the building of the community of shared future.

In order to expand participation, reach consensus and promote cooperation, the forum will invite representatives in the academia, business circles, political and social organizations to form a diversified and cross-regional consultancy mechanism and partnership mechanism for the World Philanthropy Forum. At the same time, it will also prepare the academic leadership mechanism to lay a foundation for the forum's global, academic and development nature. At this forum, the first list of invited consultants and forum partners will be confirmed. It is understood that this forum will also hold public charity and social services collaboration forums concurrently, release the Beijing Declaration on Promoting the Building of the Community of Shared Future and create the Community of Shared Future: public charity and social services collaboration, launch Social Work Cooperation Mechanism for Chinese People”, and announce the overseas location and main agenda for the 2018 forum.

The participants will adopt the participation mechanism whereby guests are selected through invitation and public enrollment. The public enrollment will commence through the public WeChat official account “World Philanthropy Forum” from Nov. 6 to 13.

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