By Fan Junmei
China.org.cn staff reporter
The China Global Philanthropy Forum, jointly hosted by the Boao Forum for Asia and the Red Cross Society of China Jet Li One Foundation, opened in the JW Marriott Hotel, Beijing on November 1, with "Philanthropy through global partnership" as its main theme.
Long Yongtu delivers the opening speech. [China.org.cn]
The Forum seeks to cross all divisive boundaries, such as cultural, racial, and regional differences. It is designed to provide a platform for high-level discussion and collaboration between leaders who are committed to the development of global philanthropy.
At the general conference, Long Yongtu, secretary-general of the Boao Forum for Asia, delivered the opening speech. Confidently, he declared that the spring of China's philanthropy has arrived. He said that 30 years' opening-up and reform have significantly improved the overall strength of China, which is fundamental for China's philanthropic development.
The impressive philanthropic effort inspired by the May 12 earthquake relief has raised China's philanthropic endeavors to new heights. However, the challenges faced are still severe. In order to maintain sustainable progress in China's philanthropy, Long called on all walks of society to participate actively in philanthropic activities, and suggested the establishment of a healthy and accountable philanthropic system, the construction of a philanthropic Chinese-oriented culture, and more importantly, extended cooperation with the rest of the world. He noted that the Chinese people should adopt a more open manner and try to help people beyond their own borders, thus realizing the ideal of "One foundation, one family"--the core value of the Jet Li One Foundation.