JAN. 10-12: The East-West Philanthropy Forum and CGPI
organized the 4th East-West Philanthropists Summit on the Big Island of Hawaii with the theme of "United Action for a Sustainable Planet". Our sponsors Niu Gensheng and He Qiaonyu, board director Geng Ming (on behalf of Bill Gates) and Gretchen Wagner (on behalf of Ray Dalio) attended the forum along with nearly 100 global leaders and philanthropists, including Japanese philanthropist Fukutake Soichiro (the Naoshima Method), Mr. Jorge Chediek (UNOSSC Director & Envoy of the Secretary-General), Maya Soetoro-Ng (sister of Barack Obama), Peter Rundlet (Director of International Strategy, Barack Obama Foundation), Thomas Kaplan (Co-founder of Panthera), Dietmar Grimm (President, the Paulson Institute) and Sofia Michelakis (Relationship Management Lead - Giving Pledge, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) discussed climate change, marine conservation, rural revitalization and green finance. Highlights included a message from former President Obama, presentations about the Peach Flower Island collaboration and Lu Dezhi’s books in English, and a ceremony honoring sustainability leaders
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Founder of Ceeds of Peace and the maternal half-sister of the 44th President of the United States of America, read out a letter from President Obama to the meeting at the award ceremony. In his letter, Barack Obama said, “My sister, Maya has told me about the high-level meetings you have convened in the US, China, Japan and Europe, and the effective partnerships you have formed for education, the environment, and a safer tomorrow. These are issues of great importance to me as well, so I encourage you to continue the good things you are already doing and thank you for your efforts to protect the environment, promote sustainable energy, and build healthy communities. Your work to increase understanding and collaborative problem solving, engage in social entrepreneurship and green finance, and encourage young leaders is vital to our shared future.”
Ma Weihua recently gave an interview to reporters of Nanfang Daily, on which occasion he talked about philanthropy and his experience in doing philanthropic work and his recommendations on how Shenzhen should develop.
On January 9 afternoon, Macron met with several Chinese entrepreneur representatives, including Ma Weihua, Chairman of the Board of China Global Philanthropy Institute, and Ma Yun, Chairman of the Board of Alibaba Group.