This year’s theme was “The Harmony of Civilization and Prosperity for All – Different Paths with Common Responsibilities”. Over 600 guests including renowned scholars, elite entrepreneurs and representatives from international organizations participated in the forum and discussed the interaction of different civilizations in a peaceful environment and the global changes and challenges faced by the international community.
At the opening ceremony, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon sent a greeting video to congratulate the success which the Beijing Forum has achieved. He also said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have shown significant result in eradicating extreme poverty and China has made remarkable achievement in this field. Consolidating on the achievement of poverty reduction, he expects China to further promote the process of improving global environment in the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Paris.
“While we remove poverty and protect the environment, we will create conditions to build a more peace and stability in the future,” said Mr. Ban.
Speaking at the sub-forum, International Cooperation and Development in the New Normal: The One Belt One Road Initiative, Dr. Wu Zhong, the Director-General of the Finance Center for South-South Cooperation, said that since the 21st century, the win-win cooperation model led by developing countries, especially emerging economies, has been a beneficial complement to the existing global governance system. Moreover, since the global financial crisis in 2008, it has been more difficult to finance the economic recovery worldwide as well as the implementation of the MDGs. In response, developing world is actively exploring ways to stimulate economic growth post-crisis and a new international cooperation modality to bring the benefit of development to all. The One Belt One Road Initiative is a strategy which was put forward in such context.
The Beijing Forum was approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and under the auspices of the Beijing Municipal Government, Beijing Forum is an international forum co-sponsored by Peking University, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, and Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.
The general theme of Beijing Forum is “The Harmony of Civilizations and Prosperity for All”. Beijing Forum aims at promoting the study of humanities and social sciences around the world. It endeavors to promote academic development and social progress across the world in order to contribute to the development and prosperity of humankind. Beijing Forum believes in promoting and safeguarding the progress of the human society through the peaceful integration of civilizations.