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Experts discuss Global Civilization Initiative at Orchid Awards selection meeting

By Guo Yiming   |    CICG, April 28, 2023

Members of the inaugural Orchid Awards Expert Committee gathered in Beijing on Thursday to exchange ideas on the Global Civilization Initiative during the awards final selection meeting.

The final selection meeting of the Orchid Awards is held in Beijing on April 27, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

The Global Civilization Initiative, proposed by China this year, advocates the respect for the diversity of civilizations, the common values of humanity, the inheritance and innovation of civilizations, as well as robust international people-to-people exchanges and cooperation.

Du Zhanyuan, president of China International Communications Group (CICG) and chair of the expert committee, said that the CICG-established Orchid Awards aligns with the principles of the Global Civilization Initiative and contribute to the prosperity of the world's civilizations and the construction of a community with a shared future for humanity. 

James B. Heimowitz, president of China Institute in America and a member of the expert committee, emphasized the importance of enhancing cultural exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations to bring humanity closer.

Vikram Channa, vice president and head of Content & Products for Greater China and Southeast Asia at Warner Bros. Discovery, and also a member of the expert committee, highlighted the vital role young people should play in global cultural exchanges. He called for more efforts to stimulate youth energy in promoting mutual learning among civilizations amid complex global challenges.

The final selection meeting of the Orchid Awards is held in Beijing on April 27, 2023. [Photo/CICG]

The Orchid Awards recognizes and honors non-Chinese individuals or organizations worldwide dedicated to fostering cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world, as well as encouraging mutual learning among Chinese and other civilizations.

The inaugural Orchid Awards received a total of 347 entries from approximately 80 countries and regions.