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The 1st Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue Fuels UESTC’s 60th Anniversary

published: 2016-09-22 09:41:00       hits: 

Recently, decorated with colorful costumes, bright smiles and blue flags, UESTC received many representatives from different countries here to weave dreams of the youth and future of Asia. On Sept. 21st, the 1st Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue was unveiled on the Qingshuihe campus. Around 200 young representatives from 46 countries and regions added a tinge of festival and international atmosphere to UESTC which is going to embrace its 60th birthday.

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Accompanied by the dynamic music “You raise me up” and the Chinese traditional ballad “Jasmine Flower” (Moli Hua), the 1st Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue (Chengdu, China) was opened.Mainly themed on respecting cultural diversity, promoting mutual trust in different civilizations and social harmony, the dialogue has witnessed abundant youth who are burning with their own thoughts and come up with many constructive suggestions. All of these fruitful outcomes would be submitted to Asia Civilization Dialogue Conference and the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum.

This dialogue, like a seed, is irrigated by the earnest hope of Chinese leaders and international communities since it has taken root. Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue is proposed by President Xi. In March, 2015, President Xi made a keynote speech at the Bo’ao Forum for Asia Annual Conference where he advocated holding Asia Civilization Dialogue Conference. In that autumn, President Xi reaffirmed the initiative at the UNESCO headquarters. He said: “a platform for different civilizations to communicate can provide the country with policy and expert support. Thus, the civilization diversity could be maintained and bridged.” His proposal got an active support of UNESCO.

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Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue is a call of our times. Cosponsored by UNESCO and China National Commission for UNESCO, it is a preliminary of Asia Civilization Dialogue Conference. The 1st Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue (Chengdu, China) is cosponsored by UNESCO, China National Commission for UNESCO and WFUCA (World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations), organized by UESTC, Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone Administrative Committee and Perfect World Education and Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd, and supported by Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Global Youth Leaders Laboratory, Taihe Global Institute and China Today International Culture Development Co., Ltd, etc.

The 1st Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue (Chengdu, China) has drawn great attention from UNESCO and countries of the Asia-Pacific region. People in the Dialogue include Vice Minister of Education, Hao Ping; Director of Sichuan Provincial Department of Education, Zhu Shihong; Senior Counselor of Sichuan Provincial Government, Yang Wei; Vice Chairman of the Party Working Committee of Chengdu Hi-tech Zone, Xu Fuyi; Director of UNESCO (Beijing),Marielza Oliveira; Chairman of WFUCA, Professor Dhirendra Bhavnagar; Secretary-General of China National Commission for UNESCO, Du Yue; Perfect World CEO, Xiao Hong; Deputy Secretary of UESTC, Wang Zhiqiang; President Li Yanrong and other leaders of UESTC, such as Xiong Caidong, Shen Xiaorong, and Zeng Yong.

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In his opening speech, Hao Ping points out that, Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue (Chengdu, China) is the first forum held by UNESCO for culture and civilization exchanges among the youth. The theme of it——promoting civilization exchanges and sustainable development through youth dialogue, is of great importance in the contemporary society. He believes, the youth from different Asia-pacific regions get together to discuss cultural diversity, social harmony, responsibilities as global citizens, sustainable development and world peace, etc.All of these would register striking contributes to Asian civilization exchanges. He sincerely wishes the youth could listen to each other and listen to the voice of Asia and the world in the spirit of appreciation, sharing and mutual-learning. They could cope with the common challenges with their creative thinking and bold temperament. He believes we are here to draw a piece of open sky for our dreams; we are here to establish our friendship; we are here to facilitate the blossom of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; we are here to make a better Asia, a better world and a better tomorrow.

On behalf of UESTC, President Li Yanrong extended heartfelt gratitude to UNESCO, Ministry of Education and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government for selecting UESTC as the venue to hold the 1st Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue at its upcoming 60th anniversary. He also expressed warm welcome to all the leaders, guests and young faces from 46 countries. In his speech, President Li briefed the development of UESTC, especially the steps to go international. He notes that, communication radiates civilization while civilization enriches communication. Civilization exchanges serves as the driven engine of human civilization and world peace and development. He hoped that the youth could take this opportunity to learn more about China, about Chengdu and about our beautiful campus. Together with the youth of all over the world, UESTC is to make the university a top-level one with more openness and inclusiveness.

Guests, Yang Wei, Marielza Oliveira, Dhirendra Bhavnagar and Xiao Hong all made passionate speeches to encourage Asia-pacific youth to follow the development of the whole world and build civilization consensus with a high sense of mission. They stressed the important role of youth——the leading figures in the noble cause of “create a community of shared future for mankind”.

The youth representatives anticipated fruitful communications through the dialogue. Length Veasna from Cambodia, who had attended the forum named “Gender-based Violence and Harmonious Society”, hoped the equal rights of Asian woman could be protected. Zhong Peng from China selected “The Role of Culture in Promoting Peace.” He anticipated a better channel to bring Chinese culture to Asia and the world. Yao Xiaolin and Obour, postgraduates of UESTC, also conveyed voice of youth to all the Asia-pacific representatives in the name of UESTC. They said: “we hope the next few days’ communication can yield outstanding achievements and cement a profound friendship. We will endeavor to be a new batch of young ambassadors to exchange culture and promote the peace and development of Asia.”          

The theme conference followed the opening ceremony tightly. On the “Culture Diversity in Asia and Peace Building,” Professor Liu Cheng from Nanjing University and Tanzila Khan from Pakistan introduced their research achievements. Li Nan, a student who had studied in America, shared her experience and thoughts, suggesting creative culture products go aboard. Wonderful speeches, happy dialogues and attentive thinking overwhelmed the venue. Warm applauses could be heard as soon as every speech finished. Youth here found a responsive chord in the hearts on the basis of humanity and communication.

As for Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue, some experts said that, this is more than a warm-up conference for 2017 Asia Civilization Dialogue Conference. It has a more important mission that is to enhance mutual understanding and mutual trust among the youth, so as to pave a way for friendship and cooperation. In this spirit, different conflicts or clashes in culture and civilization could be eased. The youth has the responsibility to synergize the power and consensus of civilization, contributing to creating a community of shared future for mankind. How to communicate and how to synergize the power of civilization? Asia-Pacific Youth Dialogue already gave the answer. Asia has over 700 million youth. Quite a large number, so peace, prosperity and sustainable development of this region should be rooted in every youth’s dream. This dialogue has a positive influence on the protection of cultural diversity both locally and globally. It is a meaningful and outstanding endeavor to create a community of shared future for mankind.

To welcome the distinguished guests from different countries, faculties and students in UESTC were busy in preparation. Over 200 volunteers in blue shirts provided their best service. Brimming faces and expertized services impressed the world with a beautiful UESTC memory. The simultaneous interpreting was provided by Zhou Jing and other two teachers from School of Foreign Languages. Faced with difficult and intense workload, they presented guests a high-quality and high-efficiency simultaneous interpreting. This is UESTC. This is the stage where we sweat everything. “Let’s give a full play of UESTC glamour and beauty with our joint efforts. Let’s say ‘yo’ with Asia and the world.

Translator: Xie Ying