CSCLF Delegation Attends 13th World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

2015-11-23 10:08:38   China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

The 13th Rhodes Forum kicks off on October 9, 2015.

China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) sent a delegation of 11 members to the Rhodes Island, Greece, to attend the 13th World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" from October 8 to 14, 2015. Led by Li Anjin, director of CSCLF Mission Development Department, the delegation included experts and professors from Tsinghua University, China Women's University and Heilongjiang University, as well as reporters from People's Daily and China News Agency.

Vladimir Yakunin, founding president of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations", delivers a speech.

The forum kicked off on October 9. Over 400 delegates from more than 50 countries in the world discussed the topic of "The World Beyond Global Disorder", how to take actions, overcome the current disorder and chaos, and rebuild the world order. There were 6 sub-forums and 5 round table discussions under this year's forum, discussing various topics.

The Chinese delegates attend a round table discussion.

Vladimir Yakunin, founding president of the forum said there were more and more cross-border armed clashes. It's becoming more and more difficult for different cultures to co-exist in the world led by the hegemony mode of neoliberalism. He said the forum was based on the theme "The World Beyond Global Disorder", which aimed to start "the transition from analysis to action". Yakunin said dialogue and compromise could solve these contradictions. The Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union were the new development mode that could curb conflicts and guarantee the sustainable human civilization.

Many representatives said the refugee crisis that had come to Europe was the living proof of the destructive consequences caused by the interfere policy implemented by western countries in the Middle East. They believed that the dialogue between different countries and cultures could find the solution to the refugee crisis as well as other global and regional problems.

A Chinese expert addresses the round table discussion.

Hosted by the CSCLF, the round table discussion under the theme of "China and Russia—History and Future" was held in the afternoon of October 10. Bai Wenchang, professor and head of the Russian Language College of Heilongjiang University, hosted the discussion. The participated Chinese and Russian scholars had a profound and heated discussion on the history and culture, human communication and economic cooperation between the two countries. Professor Li Chuanxun from Heilongjiang University analyzed the social economic development strategy of Russia's Far East region and Sino-Russian regional cooperation in his report. Professor Sun Shufang introduced the current situation and prospect of Sino-Russian human cooperation. Professor Bai Wenchang pointed out promoting the development of comprehensive strategic partnership of China and Russia must strengthen mutual understanding between people in the two countries, and achieve cultural approval. Professor Xu Wenpei discussed the exchanges and mutual learning between the two countries from the perspective of literature. Professor Wu Dahui from the Department of International Relations of Tsinghua University discussed hot topics related to the connection between the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Eurasian Economic Union from the perspective of co-establishing the Silk Road Energy Community. The Chinese round table discussion attracted US congressmen, key researchers of Russian policy studies, and Yakunin to attend.

A Russian expert addresses the round table discussion.

Besides, Li Anjin, director of CSCLF Mission Development Department, described topics on culture and education in the "Dialogue of Civilizations" round table discussion. He introduced the development of Soong Ching Ling International Teenager Camp to participants, and displayed a short video of the summer camp. Professor Yu Zhenyou from China Women's University introduced the current situation and consideration of Chinese family education and guidance at the "Family View and Human Future" round table discussion.

Li Anjin, director of CSCLF Mission Development Department, speaks at the round table discussion.

The CSCLF delegation visited the Chinese Embassy in Greece on October 13, and had a discussion with Wu Pengtao, director of Political Department of the embassy. The embassy highly evaluated the Chinese round table discussion held by CSCLF, and China's voice heard on the international forum. Wu said Greece attached great importance to the development of cultural industry, and suggested CSCLF to develop cooperation with Greece in cultural communication. The embassy will provide support for that.

The Chinese delegation visits the Chinese Embassy in Greece.

The World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" aims to unit all forces in the international society, to safeguard human beings' spiritual and cultural value, promote constructive dialogues between different civilizations, face new challenges actively, and solve global issues. The forum has developed to be a non-governmental dialogue mechanism of international influence. It holds an annual meeting in the Rhodes Island, Greece, every autumn since 2003. Therefore, it's also called the Rhodes Forum. The forum has become an advisory member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2013. The Chinese non-governmental delegation organized by CSCLF started to attend the forum in 2012, and organized the first Chinese round table discussion in 2013. This time is the third Chinese round table discussion held by Chinese experts and scholars organized by CSCLF.

The Chinese delegation attends the 13th World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations".