The Second World Philanthropy Forum (WPF), jointly launched by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Tsinghua University, was held on November 29 in Beijing.
Themed with Synergetic Cooperation, the forum established a preparatory group of the academic committee, announced the 2018 agenda of the WPF, and proposed to formally launch the solicitation and review mechanism for the academic forum at the third forum.
Li Haifeng, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), attended the opening ceremony.
CPAFFC President Li Xiaolin said: “WPF is an open platform for participation, dedication and sharing in charity and social services. It originates from China and serves the world. We welcome active participation and cooperation of insightful people to work towards the great goal of building a community with a shared future for humankind.”
“We hope that we will promote the sharing of experience, academic exchange, policy advocacy and practical promotion of charities around the world, implement the SDGs and advance the building of a community with a shared future through the forum.” said Chen Xu, director of School Administration Committee of Tsinghua University.
At the opening ceremony, CPAFFC and World Vision International signed the Memorandum of Strategic Cooperation on Every Women Every Child of the United Nations. In the next three years, World Vision International will invest about 1 billion U.S. dollars in countries along the Belt and Road, and unite all sectors of society to carry out livelihood projects and social services.
The forum set up a high-end consultant and partnership mechanism. Julia Eileen Gillard, Chairman of the Global Partnership for Education and former Australian Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, President of the Save the Children Fund and Former Prime Minister of Denmark, Li Wei, Director of Development Research Center of the State Council and Li Jiajie, a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist and Vice President of Henderson Land Development Group, serve as the first consultant group of the forum. Ford Foundation and the Committee of 100 serve as the global strategic partners of this forum.
The forum launched an initiative and sponsored the establishment of “A Community of Shared Future: A Network of Synergetic Cooperation between Charities and Social Services”.
Over 40 heads of international organizations attended opening ceremony, including Nicholas Rosellini, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China and UNDP Resident Representative, Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative to China and heads of Ford Foundation, World Vision International, Asia Foundation, World Nature Institute, and Right To Play. In addition, heads of eight world-renowned organizations, including Bill Gates, sent congratulatory letters to the WPF.