World Vision International President & CEO Kevin Jenkins Attends 2nd World Philanthropy Forum in Beijing

The 2nd World Philanthropy Forum jointly hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Tsinghua University was held in Beijing on November 29 and 30, 2017. World Vision International President & CEO Mr. Kevin Jenkins, World Vision International East Asia Regional Leader Mr. Norbert Hsu and National Director of World Vision China Mr. Victor Kan were invited to attend and speak at the High Level Dialogues and Parallel Forum.

The 2nd World Philanthropy Forum

On behalf of World Vision, Mr. Jenkins signed the Memorandum of Understanding with CPAFFC on cooperation on the United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child movement. Over the next three years (2018-2020), World Vision plans to invest over US$1 billion to protect newborns and children under five years old against preventable deaths, improve the health of pregnant women and young mothers, and ensure the healthy development of children and adolescents.

Vice chairwoman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Li Haifeng attended the opening ceremony. Chairwoman of the CPAFFC Li Xiaolin, Director of Board of School Administration at Tsinghua University Chen Xu and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs Gao Xiaobing spoke at the ceremony. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also sent a congratulatory letter to the Forum and the “Community of Human Shared Destiny: Philanthropy and Social Works: Symposia of Collaborative Groups.”

High Level Dialogue

In the High Level Dialogue that followed, Mr. Jenkins, together with President & CEO of the Asia Foundation David Arnold, President of Ford Foundation Darren Walker and Chairman of Tencent Foundation Leon Guo, joined a discussion on “Sustainable Development Goals and Philanthropy.”

“There’s a role, for a once in a generation opportunity like the SDGs, for civil society to part their logos and their egos, to move toward collaboration, to speak with one voice whenever possible…
World Vision is far more committed to partnerships and collaboration, in working with governments, local NGOs and corporates,” Mr. Jenkins said at the opening ceremony.

The theme of the Forum was “Collaboration”. Experts, overseas Chinese, corporates, foundations and international organizations from around the world engaged in discussions on such topics as anti-poverty, social impact investment, green cooperation and youth development to find ways to better support the SDGs, Every Woman Every Child movement, the Belt and Road Initiative and the Community of Shared Future for Mankind.

World Vision will help build capacities for Chinese philanthropy going out with its social network along the Belt and Road and over 60 years of experience in international aid and development,” World Vision International East Asia Regional Leader Mr. Norbert Hsu spoke at the High Level Dialogue “Philanthropy and Social Service Collaboration along the Belt and Road.”

As Dean of the Institute for Philanthropy at Tsinghua University Wang Ming commented, “World Vision is a global organization that serves the global public interest, which surpasses national interest and aligns with the intention of the Belt and Road Initiative.”

National Director of World Vision China Mr. Victor Kan also explained at the Anti-Poverty & Global and Regional Governance Parallel Forum:  World Vision’s core value is “We are Partners.”