From December 8 to 9, 2022, 2022 International Think Tank Forum, co-hosted by the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council (COSC) and the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) and organized by the China Council for International Investment Promotion (CCIIP), was held in Beijing by way of video conference. With the theme Promoting the Global Development Initiative, jointly addressing global challenges, and the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, extensive and in-depth exchanges were conducted around topics such as the current global macroeconomic landscape, international coordination on policy-making, global scientific and technological innovation, the stability of industrial chains and supply chains, the building of global development partnership, economic and trade cooperation, green and low-carbon development, and energy security. Gao Yu, Chairman of the COSC, Wu Hailong, President of the CPDA, and Ma Xiuhong, President of the CCIIP addressed the forum.
Gao Yu, Chairman of the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council, delivered a speech
Gao pointed out in his address that China is both an advocate for and a practitioner of the Global Development Initiative. Over the past year, the Global Development Initiative has taken firm roots and a range of important early achievements have been made. It is gathering strong joint forces for the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on schedule, bringing new hope for developing countries to achieve leapfrog development. As the largest developing country, China strives to eradicate poverty, build a moderately prosperous society and promote a Chinese path to modernization. In the meantime, China also endeavors to share development opportunities with other countries, provide more and better expertise, solutions and contribution to solving common problems for mankind so that the world can be a better place for future generations.
Wu Hailong, President of China Public Diplomacy Association, delivered a speech
Wu said in his speech that China has put forward the Global Development Initiative based on the common development and prosperity of mankind. China has also called for more inclusive and resilient global development. Under such unfavorable circumstances as rising geopolitical tensions and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Wu has proposed to promote the implementation of the Global Development Initiative and achieve global development by establishing a sustained and stable global partnership, boosting the momentum for international development, solving global food and energy crises, effectively addressing climate change, strengthening and improving the global governance system as well as promoting the realization of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Ma Xiuhong, President of China Council for International Investment Promotion, delivered a speech
Ma said in her speech that the implementation of the Global Development Initiative and the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be impossible without open and cooperative policy-making, the stability and security of the industrial economy, the innovation-driven scientific and technological forces and a green and low-carbon ecological environment. Adhering to the principle of opening up to promote reform and development, China has implemented a package of policies and measures to stabilize the economy, secure the industrial chain and encourage market players. China has also actively promoted the coordination among industries, universities and research institutes, deeply implemented the concept of green and low-carbon development, and made significant contributions, both at home and abroad, to economic and trade cooperation, economic security development, scientific and technological innovation, and the harmony between man and nature.
Zhang Yantong, Vice Chairman of the COSC, made a closing speech. The forum was attended by more than 50 guests from both home and abroad, including Counsellors of the State Council and research fellows of the COSC, experts from the Development Research Center of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the CCIIP, the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce, and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, and experts from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (the Chatham House), the European Policy Center, the J.F.Oberlin University of Japan, the United Nations in China and the Embassy of Brazil in China as well as representatives from domestic and foreign enterprises.
Screenshot of the Conference Room
Screenshot of the Conference Room
Experts and scholars attending the conference have made extensive and in-depth exchanges around the theme of the forum and related topics, put forward many constructive opinions and suggestions, and concluded that the forum was convened in a timely manner to address urgent challenges, which would help build consensus and boost global development.
The opening ceremony and discussion sessions were respectively hosted by Wang Jing, Director General of the Department of the International Exchanges and Cooperation of the COSC, Chai Haitao, Member of the Expert Advisory Committee of the National High-Level Think Tank, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Commerce, and Zhou Xiaoyan, Vice Presildent of the CCIIP.