Ninth Euro-China Forum kicks off in UNESCO

08:35, June 28, 2011      

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The 9th Euro-China Forum co-hosted by UNESCO and China-based business school CEIBS took place at the headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, focusing on "New Humanism in a Globalizing World."

With the aim to provide "a space for exchange and dialogue between two great civilizations, China and Europe," the forum is hopeful to combine advantages of both regions in a bid to promote global development, said David Gosset, Founder of the Euro-China Forum, in his address opening the two-day forum.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova congratulated the opening of the forum in a video speech. She praised the forum as a platform for mutual advancement, and hoped both sides can overcome their disagreements and respect each other's cultural difference when addressing common problems challenging the world.

To Shi Shuyun, China's ambassador at the UNESCO delegation of China, she believed the exchange between the two civilizations would inspire the world to deal with present challenges and common concerns.

The opening ceremony was also highlighted by French ex- President Jacques Chirac's congratulation letter and the presence of Italian ex-Primer Romano Prodi.

Launched by Shanghai-based China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2002, the Euro-China Forum was held annually in different European cities, where representatives from China and European countries can gather together and exchange views over topics of common interests.

Source: Xinhua
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