In order to commemorate the issuing of China's Charity Law and the first China Philanthropy Day or 4th United Nations International Day of Charity, the World Philanthropy Forum was held in Tsinghua University on September 5. The forum was launched and hosted by China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Tsinghua University, and undertaken by the Public Welfare Research Institute of Tsinghua University.
The World Philanthropy Forum.
The theme of the forum was "Emerging New Ecosystem, Transforming Philanthropy". It focused on policy, academic studies, practice and talent training from the viewpoint of global participation, participation of enterprises and entrepreneurs, and participation of social organizations and society. There were seven academic events, including two forums and five sub-forums under different themes, as well as world top class academic lectures.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a letter of congratulations to the forum to wish the forum a complete success. He also praised China's great achievements in the field of philanthropy, and encouraged us to work together for the peaceful development of all human beings as well as dignity of human rights and opportunities.
The three organizers of the forum said they would hold the forum regularly, to promote charity practices, academic exchanges, policy initiating and experience sharing across the globe.
Li Xiaolin, President of CPAFFC, Chen Xu, Party Committee Secretary of Tsinghua University, and Qi Mingqiu, Executive Vice Chairman of CSCLF, addressed the forum. Over 400 delegates from UN as well as about 30 countries and regions, including famous experts and scholars, government officials, non-governmental organization representatives, business and media representatives, attended the forum. There were 31 keynote speeches or reports and 12 round table dialogues in the forum. Over 100 guests delivered speeches or gave comments. The forum reached common sense on several topics and would hand in the World Philanthropy Declaration to UN.
This forum received support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Zijin Mining Charity Foundation, China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, China-ASEAN Center, Economic Observer, Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd., Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Center, and China Foundation Center.
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