The 2nd World Philanthropy Forum held in Beijing

By He Shan
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The Second World Philanthropy Forum, jointly launched by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Tsinghua University, kicked off on Nov. 29, 2017 in Beijing.

The Second World Philanthropy Forum is held on Nov. 29, 2017 in Beijing.

Li Haifeng, vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), attended the opening ceremony. Li Xiaolin, president of CPAFFC, Chen Xu, director of the Tsinghua University School Administration Committee and Gao Xiaobing, vice minister of civil affairs, delivered speeches at the forum.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres sent a congratulatory letter to the forum and the "Community of Shared Future: A Network of Synergetic Cooperation between Charities and Social Services."

President Li Xiaolin pointed out that the World Philanthropy Forum is an open platform for participation, dedication and sharing in charity and social services.

She said, "It originates from China and serves the world. We welcome insightful people to join the forum and carry out collaboration, so that we work towards the great goal of building a community of shared future for humanity."

"We hope that we will promote the sharing of experience, academic exchange, policy advocacy and practical promotion of charities around the world, implement the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and advance the building of a community of shared future through the forum," said Chen Xu, director of Tsinghua University School Administration Committee in his speech.

The opening ceremony was attended by over 40 heads of international organizations including Nicholas Rosellini, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China and UNDP Resident Representative, Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to China, as well as heads of the Ford Foundation, World Vision International, Oxfam Hong Kong, the Asia Foundation, Give2Asia, and Right To Play. More 600 guests from over 400 institutions attended the forum. In addition, the heads of eight world-renowned organizations including Bill Gates sent congratulatory letters to the opening of the World Philanthropy Forum.

The theme of this forum is "Synergetic Cooperation." Centering on the theme, the forum explores and supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gives boost to the Belt and Road Initiative and the joint discussion and building mechanism and measures in the promotion of building a community of a shared future; focuses on the four topics of anti-poverty, social impact investment, environmental protection and youth development; gives full play to the role of social work, experts and scholars, overseas Chinese people, Chinese and foreign enterprises, foundations and international organizations regarding disciplines, specialties, advantages and strengths; holds seven high-level dialogues, four roundtable dialogues and four parallel forums.

At the opening ceremony, the CPAFFC and World Vision International signed the Memorandum of Strategic Cooperation on'Every Women Every Child' of the United Nations. In the next three years, World Vision International will invest close to US$1 billion in countries along the Belt and Road, and work together and unite all sectors of society to carry out livelihood projects and social services.

The forum has set up a high-end consultant and partnership mechanism. Julia Eileen Gillard, chairman of the Global Partnership for Education and former Australian prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, president of the Save the Children Fund and former prime minister of Denmark, Li Wei, director of Development Research Center of the State Council, and Li Jiajie, a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist and vice president of Henderson Land Development Group, serve as the first consultant group of the forum. The Ford Foundation and the Committee of 100 respectively serve as the global strategic partner and strategic partner of this forum.

The forum discussed and established the preparatory group of the academic committee, announced the 2018 agenda of the World Philanthropy Forum, and proposed to formally launch the solicitation and review mechanism for the academic forum at the third forum.

The forum launched an initiative and sponsored the establishment of "Community of Shared Future: A Network of Synergetic Cooperation between Charities and Social Services."

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