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Implementing the Global Civilization Initiative Requires Maximum Joint Efforts

By Qiu Ping Source: Updated: 2023-09-28

Looking back, there have been ups and downs in inter-civilization communication. Periods of vibrant exchanges between civilizations generally witnessed common prosperity and rapid social development, while periods of isolation often resulted in cultural and social decline. The GCI was introduced to highlight the value of inter-civilization communication and restore confidence in international people-to-people exchanges and cooperation. China stands ready to work with the international community to ensure it takes root and bears fruit for the benefit of humanity.

Fostering a favorable environment for equal and inclusive inter-civilization exchanges through discussion and collaboration.

Guided by the global governance principles of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, we shall enrich the contents and forms of cultural interactions on the basis of extensive consultations and concerted efforts. We will treat the development and rejuvenation of other civilizations as an opportunity and strengthen political communication, economic cooperation, and mutual trust in security, so as to facilitate exchanges between, and the progress of, various civilizations amid sustainable development and sustainable security. Furthermore, it is vital to advocate equality, inclusiveness and mutual respect, reject arrogance and prejudice, and work together to oppose hostility to other civilizations and the theory that civilizations are destined to clash. It is also vital to pay more attention to how history, culture, and values have influenced conflicts between countries and groups, and encourage inter-civilization dialogue to strike a common chord among peoples and eliminate misunderstanding and estrangement as a foundation for peace talks.

Leveraging platforms and mechanisms to enhance the effectiveness of the global governance system for people-to-people exchanges.

To practice true multilateralism, it is necessary to utilize fully existing platforms and mechanisms, both bilateral and multilateral, at all levels for dialogues among civilizations. Specifically, we need to respect and uphold the authority and status of the UN, increase synergy with the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and the UN Alliance of Civilizations, and work with all relevant parties to implement the Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilizations. Focusing on regional, sub-regional, and bilateral mechanisms for cultural exchanges, efforts should be made to inject new life into existing mechanisms in line with the realities and needs of relevant countries. In addition, based on the current agenda, we shall unleash the potential of other important multilateral mechanisms to boost dialogue and exchanges among civilizations, share more ideas and experiences underpinning national policies, and jointly explore solutions to global challenges.

Tapping the potential of all players in all fields for greater interactions among peoples.

To enhance the sense of responsibility of public sectors, private institutions, and civil society organizations, it is important to encourage political parties, legislative bodies, research institutions, schools, enterprises, and NGOs to play a greater role in promoting inter-civilization communication and encourage the participation of young people, women, and other groups. In this way, we can make everyone a potential envoy for cultural dialogue and exchanges. We support the elimination of discriminatory and unreasonable restrictions hindering international movements of people, so that people of all countries enjoy more equal, extensive, and frequent access to global cultural exchanges. We should put in place a multi-tiered and multi-field framework for inter-civilization exchanges that facilitates personnel exchanges in such fields as culture, education, science and technology, health, sports, tourism, media, and think tanks, and jointly create flagship projects for people-to-people exchanges in or across various fields. People's aspirations nowadays require us to coordinate the advancement of material, political, cultural and ethical, social, and ecological civilization rather than focusing on only one of these aspects. These efforts will help us to continuously enrich exchanges among civilizations.

Creating new forms of communication and jointly exploring the building of a global network for inter-civilization dialogue.

As inter-civilization dialogue and exchanges call for novel, dynamic, and appealing means and media, we should actively adapt to the new requirements of the digital, smart, and low-carbon era. While continuing to strengthen traditional channels for communication and exchanges among civilizations, we also need to innovate the paths and forms of inter-civilization dialogue with new media and new technologies and jointly find ways to integrate cultural exchanges into people's daily lives.

On the basis of establishing and consolidating bilateral and multilateral relations for dialogue and cooperation among civilizations, we need to work together to build a global network for dialogue and cooperation among civilizations with multiple mechanisms, varied contents, and diverse forms covering a range of entities and fields.