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In an era of globalized economic, financial, social and environmental crises, the quest for the intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind has become an urgent imperative to build the foundations for sustainable peace. Aware of the need for intellectuals, politicians and civil society from everywhere to rally this cause, UNESCO and the Confucius Institute of the People's Republic of China Headquarters have joined forces to host the Paris-Nishan Forum on "Confucianism and New Humanism in a Globalized World" at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in Room IV, on 16 April 2012.


The Forum is a future-oriented event designed to feed the debate launched by the Director General of UNESCO on the necessity of a new humanism for the twenty-first century. It was an occasion to focus on a source as rich as the Confucian tradition, which can serve as a bridge for dialogue on universal ideals. The ambition was to enable leading personalities to share their views with representatives of Member States of UNESCO, the Secretariat, decision-makers, intellectual and scientific communities, civil society, media and general public.


The Director General of UNESCO, Mrs. Irina Bokova, the Executive Director of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Madame Xu Lin, as well as the founder of the Nishan Forum and former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress, Professor Xu Jialu, spoke at the opening session of the Forum.


The Forum was attended by many leading international figures including:

  • Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former Prime Minister of France;
  • Michel Camdessus, Honorary Governor of the Banque de France and former Managing Director of International Monetary Fund;
  • Sabiha Al Khemir, founding Director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar;
  • Aminata Traoré, President of the “Forum pour un autre Mali”, former Minister for Culture and Tourism of Mali; 
  • Jacques Attali, Chair of A&A, an international consulting firm, founder and President of PlaNet Finance.


Discussions focused on three main themes:

  1. Harmony through diversity and the demands of a globalized world;
  2. Harmony through diversity and dialogue between cultures and
  3. Harmony through diversity and the New Humanism


contact person: Caroline Descombris (c.descombris(at)unesco.org, tel: 33145681624).


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