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"Bengbu Consensus" of the Sixth Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum

October12,2021

Zheng  Chuan  xin

 

Distinguished Guests,

Good afternoon!

Now I’m so honored to present the Bengbu Consensus of the 6th Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum:

On October 11-13, 2021, nearly 500 guests from international organizations, over 30 countries and regions and five continents, including famous politicians, philosophers, social scientists, cultural scholars, media pioneers, business leaders and representatives from all walks of life, jointly attended both in person or online the 6th Annual Conference of Taihu World Cultural Forum held in Bengbu, the “City of Pearl”. With the focus on the theme of "Mutual Learning Among Civilizations: Jointly Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind", the attendees have made in-depth and candid discussions on an equal footing and reached the following consensus.

I. The world today is under the combined impacts of major changes unseen in a century and the COVID-19 pandemic, global challenges such as climate change and science and technology risks are becoming increasingly serious. Against the backdrop of complex and changing era, the annual conference themed "Mutual Learning Among Civilizations: Jointly Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind " is timely and appropriate. It is of great and positive significance to strengthen global cooperation and jointly create a better future for mankind.

II. Cultural diversity represents an universal law of historical development and an objective reality of human society. Different social systems, civilizations and values can coexist peacefully and learn from each other. We shall view the differences in an objective way, handle them rationally, adhere to the ideal of harmony without uniformity, seek common ground while shelving differences, strengthen exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations on an equal footing, and foster a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation.

III. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a continuation and expansion of the Silk Road. We shall champion the spirit of BRI in a peaceful and cooperative, open and inclusive, mutual-learning and win-win mode, and evoke the common historical memory of the countries along the road and the world at large. In the new era, we shall bear in mind the actual conditions of each country, practice the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, strengthen international cooperation, promote the BRI construction, and bring benefits to people around the world.

IV. Cultural reflections on strengthening the global combat against COVID-19. We must adhere to the value choice of putting people and life first, protect everyone's life and the health of all mankind, and mobilize the whole society to fight against the epidemic together. We must respect the rules and follow scientific guidance, give full play to the role of professional teams, and prevent politicization and stigmatization from interfering with the scientific response to COVID-19. The virus knows no borders and mankind shares a common destiny. We need to step up international cooperation and work together to overcome difficulties and build a community of health for mankind.

V. The ecological environment continues to deteriorate, with frequent extreme weather events and increasing natural disasters, posing a serious threat to human survival and development. We all shall join hands in global environmental governance, help each other and shoulder our responsibilities, promote green transformation of our way of work and life, restore harmony between human and nature, promote ecological progress, and make the world a cleaner and more beautiful place.

VI. Poverty elimination represents the common ideal of all mankind. China has won a comprehensive victory in the battle against poverty and made historic efforts to eliminate absolute poverty, making a great contribution to poverty reduction and development of mankind. We should respect the poverty reduction experience of other countries in the world, strengthen international exchanges and cooperation in poverty reduction, and explore the practice and key experience in terms of cultural poverty alleviation, continuously deepen the cause of poverty reduction for mankind with a view to creating a harmonious and peaceful world without poverty.

VII. We shall encourage the innovation of science and technology and strengthen its cooperation in an open way. The essence of a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation is to bring the world closer together. Here, we shall strengthen international cooperation whether for releasing and giving full play to the positive effects of science and technology, or overcoming and restricting its negative effects. We shall constantly draw on experience, deepen the scientific and technological revolution, and guide science and technology towards delivering greater benefits to mankind.

That’s all about the "Bengbu Consensus", thank you!

 

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