The past few years has witnessed the extension from economic and cultural globalization to the globalization of philanthropy, which is an important symbol of social and cultural progress that benefits the entire world. The globalization of philanthropy plays a significant role in promoting world peace and stable development and jointly building a community of common destiny for all mankind. The cohesiveness and inclusiveness of philanthropic globalization has also become a link that connects global efforts in cross-sector cooperation. The further development of modern philanthropy promotes the emergence of social work. Not only does modern philanthropy adhere to the principle of social justice, human rights, collective responsibilities and respect for diversity, but also it encompasses sociology, anthropology and local knowledge and theory. In practice, modern philanthropy is dedicated to taking up social challenges, promoting happiness, social change and development, strengthening social cohesiveness, and facilitating empowerment and human emancipation, based on which modern philanthropy has become a profession and faith.
On September 5th of 2016, Tsinghua University, together with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), jointly held the World Philanthropy Forum to commemorate the issuance of China’s Charity Law and the first Chinese Day of Charity and the fourth International Day of Charity, and also to focus on the difficulties and problems in human development and promote the development of philanthropy and social work in China and around the globe.
The Forum, themed by Emerging New Ecosystem and Transforming Philanthropy, focused on policy, academic research, practical studies and talent cultivation from three perspectives of global participation, entrepreneur participation and social organization participation, with one main forum on global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and five panels on public good studies, poverty alleviation, social value investment, social work and social services, and foundation and wealth sharing.
More than 400 guests attended this Forum, including UN representatives, scholars, government officials, NGO representatives as well as participants from the private sector and the media. More than 100 guests participated in the 31 keynote speeches and reports and 12 round table dialogues, during which they made in-depth exchanges and discussions over topics of common concern. The forum achieved a broad consensus of important opinions among attendees, and the World Philanthropy Declaration was hereby drafted and submitted to the United Nations.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent a congratulatory message to the Forum, saying “China and its people have a long tradition of giving, and Chinese philanthropy has made significant contributions to education, health and the environment”, “Partnerships among stakeholders across diverse sectors and cultures will be critical for lasting solutions. Let us work together to advance peace, development, human rights, dignity and opportunity for all.”
The World Philanthropy Forum will be held on a regular basis and committed to promoting the practices, academic exchange, policy propositions and experience sharing.
The Forum upholds the spirit of open and equal participation, unites more friends from the political and business circles as well as the social and educational circles, and gains support from both the social elites and the general public. The forum embodies both domestic and international characteristics.
The Forum sticks to the development spirit of dependability and sustainability, and gradually forms multi-field, multi-functional and multi-layered partnership and a mechanism of participation and cooperation.
The Forum upholds the spirit of patience, confidence and unity, focuses on hotspots and difficulties in human development, respects difference, patterns and experience, and achieves consensus.
The forum pays attention to the systematic integration among disciplines, theories, practice, talents and actions, especially new integrated development patterns of social work and philanthropy.