Address by Gejin Chao, President of CIPSH, at the Closing Session for the 2017 World Humanities Conference
Address by Gejin Chao, President of CIPSH,
on the occasion of the Closing Session for the 2017 World Humanities Conference:
Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition, Liège, Belgium, 11 August 2017
Mr. Paul-Emile Mottard, President of the Provincal College of Liege,
Madam Nada Al-Nashif, Assitant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO,
Mr. John Crowley, Director of the Division of Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO,
Dear Colleagues, friends, ladies, and gentlemen,
On behalf of the CIPSH, I would like to thank all the participants of the present World Humanities Conference, and also to those who, for various reasons, could not join us this time, but dedicated to the conference in many ways.
The conference is about to end at this moment, but its spirit will continue, via many humanists unrelenting efforts in every corner of the global village.
The humankind is now facing many crucial problems that need to be solved. The humanities must be an important part in finding solutions concerned, I strongly believe.
The CIPSH, as many other humanistic organizations worldwide, also encountered many obstacles and challenges over the past decades. Now it is time to reconstruct humanities in the international community, with the help of humanists and alliance from other disciplines. Here I’d like to stress Prof. Adama Samassékou’s points of view on “Humanitude” that “is our permanent openness towards the Other, our relationships as human being to human being. This humanitude makes it possible to Connect Human to Human.” As we know, union is strength.
There is one Chinese old saying goes, “The sea admits hundreds of rivers for its capacity to hold.” The CIPSH has inspired and benefited a lot from the discussion and debates centered on the six themes of the World Humanities Conference. Along with its 21 member organizations, CIPSH would like to federate all the humanistic institutions, organizations and beyond around the world, to facilitate the human sciences in education, academia, and people’s daily life in a wide spectrum, thereby incorporating challenges and responsibilities for the global Transition into the accomplishment of the UN 2030 Agenda.
Moreover, in the outcome document of the conference, namely “A New Humanities Agenda for the 21th Century”, we stress that irreplaceable capacity of humanities in helping contemporary societies to meet critical challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other global agendas such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for disaster list reduction, the New Urban Agenda, and the 2063 Agenda for Africa, which relate to meaning, values, understanding, and long-term trends.
With the support from UNESCO and the participation of you all, the New Humanities Agenda for the 21st Century of this conference is ready now, and we do hope you would distribute the document as wide as possible, and its influence over the humanities in many ways is highly expected.
Some regional, theme-centered or question-oriented, cross-disciplinary scholarly events will take place here and there in the near future. and the next world humanities conference is under consideration in CIPSH long term scheme.
My gratitude goes to our partners, the WHC Foundation associates the University of Liege, the Liège City and the Liège Province, as well as the MOST of UNESCO; I also take this opportunity to give thankfulness to the Global Chinese Arts and Culture Society, and Wallonie Bruxelles International, for their financial support, as well as other institutions and individuals in dedication to the conference.
I would like to mention here that I do appreciate Tencent’s effort in joining hands with humanities, by safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage, and expanding digital humanities toward the future, among others.
Dear colleagues and friends, thank you all for participation and contribution.
Best wishes to all of you.
尊敬的联合国教科文组织社会与人文科学助理总干事NADA AL-NASHIF女士和社会与人文科学处处长约翰·克劳利（John Crowley）先生：
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August 11, 2017