On the afternoon of February 27th, the preparatory meeting for the 2nd Nishan Forum on World Civilizations was held in Beijing. Well-known scholars Xu Jialu, Xing Bensi, Mu Zhongjian, etc., leaders from some departments of the Central Committee and some national ministries, and representatives from the main organizing institutions and some directive departments, which totaled more than 30, all attended the meeting.
During the meeting, representatives of the Secretariat of Nishan Forum Organizing Committee gave a report on the extensive influence brought about by the First Nishan Forum and the progress of the preparation work made for the 2nd one, which was followed by a discussion among the participants. It was agreed that the clearly putting forward of “Extensive Participation in the Dialogue among World Civilizations” for the first time in the Party documents of the Sixth Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee, not only fully affirmed the useful experience China had gained in its active participation in and promotion of the dialogue among world civilizations but also served as a guiding principle for the 2nd Nishan Forum.
This year happened to be the 10th anniversary of the “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”, but the international community especially the North Africa and the Western Asia have undergone serious upheavals. At this crucial moment, China rationally leads and takes part in the dialogue among world civilizations and utter China’s voice for dialogue among civilizations, harmony and peace from Nishan to the whole world, which is of great importance. Relative departments and institutions all proposed to actively push forward and support the preparatory works for the 2nd Nishan Forum.
The meeting emphasized that the 2nd Nishan Forum should continually highlight its features of being civilian, academic and international; adhere to the hosting idea of high level, small scale and great influence; strengthen the coordination among different departments involved in order to give each piece of preparatory work enough attention and to ensure a successful forum. It is reported that on April 16th Nishan Forum Organizing Committee is going to Paris to co-host the Paris-Nishan Forum with UNESCO. The 2nd Nishan Forum and also the 10th anniversary of the “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” will be held in Nishan, Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius on May 21st.