On April 8, Xu Jialu, formervice chairman of NPC Standing Committee and chairman of Nishan Forum Organizing Committee, presided over the coordination meeting of Paris-Nishan Forum in Beijing. At the meeting, work concerning Paris-Nishan forum was deployed and the issue of holding Nishan Forum at UN headquarter in New York was explored and discussed. Councilor of the State Council, Director of China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language(NOCFL or Hanban) and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters Xu Lin, Secretary of the Partycommittee ofHuazhong Normal University Tong Shijun, Assistant principal of Beijing Normal University Cao Weidong, vice minister of the Department of Publicity of Shandong provincial Party committee and the Secretary General of Nishan Forum Organizing Committee Xu Xianghong, deputy director general of Shandong provincial Bureau of Cultural Heritage and Deputy Secretary-General of Nishan Forum Organizing Committee Gao Shuqun, and others involved in the preparation of this forum were present. Xu Jialu presided the meeting and delivered a speech.
At the meeting, Secretary of NOCFL Ma Jianfei, reported the progress of Paris-Nishan Forum preparatory work. Xu Xianghong gave a brief introduction of the preparatory work of the second Nishan Forum. Experts discussed about their speech orientations in Paris-Nishan Forum.
Xu Jialu pointed out that the cooperation of Confucius Institute Headquarters and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in holding the Paris-Nishan Forum was a very important step for the Nishan Forum going global. This event fully exhibited the significant social influences and international status that Nishan Forum had achieved. Meanwhile, it also reflected the acknowledgement from the international community, as China endeavors to promote the dialogue and exchange among world civilizations. At present, the second Nishan Forum is coming around and there are still lots of preparatory work need to be accomplished. So in order to hold a successful Nishan Forum, we every relevant parties should work harder for a more perfect preparation, so as to lay a solid foundation for a normalized and institutionalized Nishan Forum in the future.It is said that Paris-Nishan Forum is to be held in the headquarters of UNESCO on April 16, under the theme of “Confucianism and New Humanism in a Globalized World”. At that time, Xu Jialu, Wu Jianmin, Ye Xiaowen, as representatives from the Nishan Forum Organizing Committee, will then conduct dialogue and hold talks with Director-General of the UNESCO Mrs. Irina Bokova, Former French Prime Minister Mr. Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former president of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mr. Camdessus and others.