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2016 Imperial Springs International Forum

Date:2016-05-29 Back

Theme Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Belt and Road Initiative

Date May 28–30, 2016

The 2016 Imperial Springs International Forum was co-organized by the World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid, an internationally renowned organization. The Forum invited senior government officials in China and more than 20 former heads of state and government from Europe, Oceania, Asia, and America, as well as experts, scholars and social elites. 

Focusing on topics that included China's Belt and Road Initiative and its relevance for the world, and urban development within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, Forum participants discussed how to build greener, more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient cities, with the aim of achieving a happy urban life and a harmonious world.

The Forum opened on May 29th with speeches by Mr. Hu Chunhua, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Provincial Committee of Guangdong; Mr. Zhang Baowen, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress; Madam Li Xiaolin, President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; Dr. Chau Chak Wing, President of the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association and Chairman of the Kingold Group; and Madam Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia and President of the World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid.

At the closing ceremony on May 30th, Madam Vaira Vike-Freiberga, on behalf of World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid, appointed Dr. Chau Chak Wing Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region of World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid President's Circle. Madam Li Xiaolin presented Dr. Chau with an "Award for Contribution to People's Friendship" to acknowledge his outstanding contribution in promoting non-governmental friendly exchanges between China and Australia. 

Six discussion sessions covered a number of topics, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, cities cooperation, infrastructure development, resources development, and investment. The discussions were extensive and practical, and they demonstrated the nature of the Forum as being forward-looking and pragmatic. The participating dignitaries and scholars reached consensus on a wide range of issues, including global cooperation among cities, green development, and the sharing of development benefits. At the closing ceremony, the Forum organizers released the Imperial Springs Initiative, an important outcome of the Forum.

The Initiative noted that the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the World Leadership Alliance acknowledged the global influence and importance of the Belt and Road Initiative. Under the principles of "joint consultation, joint development and shared benefit," the three parties jointly proposed that efforts should be made to protect the environment, combat climate change, support green development, alleviate poverty, coordinate regional economic cooperation, promote economic growth, promote cooperation in regional governance, and develop a diverse, inclusive, and harmonious society with shared benefits. It was also agreed that efforts should be made to promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges in all areas, enhance dialogue among different cultures, strengthen exchanges and cooperation among cities along the Belt and Road, and develop platforms for inter-city consultation, exchanges, and cooperation. Based on their common interests, the three parties agreed to set specific topics, conduct consultations, and provide better service for local economic and social development.
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