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Worldwide Universities Think Tank Network Established in Beijing

Submit Time:18-04-2018 | Source:Guang Ming Daily (March 26, 2018) | Zoom In | Zoom Out

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The Worldwide Universities Think Tank Network Conference took place in Beijing on March 24, 2018. Co-hosted by the National Academy of Development and Strategy, Renmin University of China (RUC) and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), the conference announced the creation of the think tank network. The foundation ceremony was unveiled in the presence of Jin Nuo, Party Secretary at RUC, John Hearn, Executive Director of WUN, Jin Xin, Secretary-General of the Council of the "Belt & Road" International Think Tank Cooperation Alliance, and Zhang Miaoqing, Vice President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Also present at the conference were nearly 200 Chinese and foreign scholars from 26 top-notch universities all over the world, representatives from related government departments of China including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, as well as delegates from such inter-governmental organizations as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Wealth Organization.  

As RUC President Liu Wei noted at the opening ceremony, the world has now been dominated by cultural exchanges and knowledge sharing; the time for think tanks to work behind closed doors has been long gone; to address climate change, energy safety and other major global issues, think tanks should grow themselves stronger and team up with each other at the same time. Only in this way can they rise to the opportunities and changes arising from the ever-changing world. As for the incorporation of the Worldwide Universities Think Tank Network, John Hearn believed that while dealing with the current global challenges in environment, climate, food, public health and other fields, higher education and talent cultivation play an irreplaceable role; think tanks from different countries should build up mutual trust, voice their opinions without reservation, and share new knowledge and ideas before they could arrive at the best solutions.  

In the afternoon at the parallel session themed "Belt and Road Green Development," the experts from home and abroad held in-depth discussions on a raft of topics shared by the Belt and Road countries like discrepancy in laws and standards, climate change, development of green finance, energy security, public health, cultural cognition, higher education, and public diplomacy. As all experts in presence agreed, there is only one earth and all nations need to co-exist; the Belt and Road Green Development philosophy will do a lot good to the international community; all countries are expected to pool their wisdom together, talk thoroughly and frankly, apply what they have achieved into use timely, increase the wellbeing of the world and seek for joint development, and promote the building of a community of shared future for mankind.