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2021 Imperial Springs International Forum

Date:2021-11-22 Back

Theme Multilateralism 2.0: Global Cooperation in the Post-Pandemic Era

Date December 5 and 6, 2021

      With its inauguration in 2014, Imperial Springs International Forum (ISIF) is now jointly organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid. With the aims of initiating in-depth discussions on world peace, economic development and cultural exchanges, promoting greater understanding and consensus among all parties, for regional as well as global cooperation, ISIF is a new type of high-end platform for China to conduct in-depth communication with the rest of the world.

      The theme of the 2021 Imperial Springs International Forum is “Multilateralism 2.0: Global Cooperation in the Post-Pandemic Era”.  With a total of over 160 guests from the political, academic, and business circles in more than 30 countries, including 35 former heads of state, heads of government, and leaders of international organizations, 60 family members of international friends as well as internationally-renowned experts and scholars, 30 foreign ambassadors and representatives of international organizations in China, attended the Forum in a hybrid format both online and on-site.

      This year’s ISIF will mainly focus on the following topics: 1. Economic and Social Development and Climate Change: Realizing the 2030 Agenda; 2. Unconventional Global Challenges and Responses; 3. Public Health and Global Cooperation, Building a Community of Common Health for Mankind; 4. Responsibility and Action of Leaders and the World Future; 5. Upholding Multilateralism and Reshaping the Global Governance System; 6. Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery, Revitalizing Globalization.

      Imperial Springs International Forum has been successfully held for six consecutive sessions, respectively with the themes of “Multilateralism and Sustainable Development”, “Advancing Reform and Opening-up, Promoting Win-Win Cooperation”, “Global Governance and China’s Perspective”, “Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Belt and Road Initiative”, “The Belt and Road Initiative for New Opportunities and New Cooperation” and “China-Australia Economic and Trade Relations”. With extensive and in-depth discussions, ISIF has been enormously successful. Its reputation and influence in and outside China have grown with each session.

      For three consecutive years, respectively on November 30, 2017, December 12, 2018, and December 3, 2019, His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, met the distinguished foreign participants in the Great Hall of the Peoplein Beijing. President Xi said: “I am immensely appreciative of all friends at the World Leadership Alliance, coming from across five different continents, who have worked tirelessly to promote exchanges and cooperation between China and the world. I hope you can bring your invaluable experience to us, and offer advice for China’s development, thereby enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between Chinese people and the rest of the world”. A number of Chinese leaders have participated in previous sessions of ISIF, including Mr. Wang Qishan, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wang Chen, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Mr. Li Xi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Provincial Committee of Guangdong, Mr. Hu Chunhua, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Premier of the State Council and
the then Secretary of the CPC Provincial Committee of Guangdong, Mr. Zhang Baowen, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the 12th  National People’s Congress, and Mr. Ma Peihua, Vice Chairperson of the 12th  National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

      More than 200 foreign dignitaries and 600 renowned experts, scholars and business leaders from home and abroad have been invited to previous  Imperial Springs International Forum sessions. The following are some of the distinguished Forum participants: Mr. Danilo Türk, President of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid and Former President of Slovenia, Madam Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Former President of Latvia, Co-chair of Nizami Ganjavi International Center and Former President of Club de Madrid, Mr. Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States of America, Mr. Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan, Mr. Ricardo Lagos, Former President of the Republic of Chile, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria, Mr. John Howard, Former Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia, Madam Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. George Papandreou, Former Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Romano Prodi, Former Prime Minister of Italy and Former President of the European Commission, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Madam Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Mr. Ban Ki- moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
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