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2015 East Asia Civil Society Forum held in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province

Supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency China Office (JICA) and Jiangnan University the “2015 East Asia Civil Society Forum” the topic of which was "Corporations’ Social Responsibility and Volunteerism" was held in Wuxi, co-orgnized by China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), Korea Forum of Volunteerism (KVF) and Japan International Institute for Volunteering Research (JIVRI). Nearly 100 experts, scholars and representatives from China, Japan and Korea participated in the meeting and shared the experiences.
Liao Hong, Deputy Director of the State Administration of Civil Society Organizations, MCA, Xiao Fenghuai, Deputy Director of China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges, MOFCOM, Wang Jinjian, Vice Mayor of Wuxi City, Zhou Pu, Deputy Party Secretary of Jiangnan University,AhnYang-ho,Vice-President of KVF,KONKA Tetsuo, Director of JICA China Office and other guests attended the meeting and delivered speeches.
Deputy Director Liao Hong, introduced the development of Chinese social organizations on the forum. He said the healthy development benefits from China's economic growth, social progress, people’s improving quality and increasing material wealth as well as the efforts by the Party and the Government to consistently protect human rights, expand democracy, improve legal system and optimize the enabling environment for social organizations. Liao emphasized that China, Japan and Korea are close neighbors, with extensive economic, trade exchanges and deep historical roots. Strengthening exchanges and cooperation among the three countries is essential. East Asia  Civil Society Forum is good for non-governmental exchanges and expands consensus, mutual learning and common progress.
Deputy Director Xiao Fenghuai said that during 37 years of reform and opening up, China has achieved remarkable economic and social achievements, but the emergence of a variety of social problems can not be ignored. The key to solve these social problems is innovation and social governance. The nature of social governance is pluralistic and participatory. Democratic consultation gave full expression of demands of the public's interests. Optimizing resources and reaching for a win-win situation build a more harmonious society. Therefore, the main parts of social governance, including governments, businesses and social organizations, need to play their respective advantages, mutual support, and promote positive social interaction, especially topics like “how do enterprises play the role of social organization in the process of social responsibility” and “How to promote volunteerism” which are worthy of our study and discussion. Xiao Fenghuai also said that China social organizations have made the considerable progress in social governance process by playing an active role in the economic, social and environmental synergies. The forum is significant to social organizations and community-building in China, Japan and Korea, as well as cooperation between civil society and the advancement in East Asia.
Deputy Mayor Wang Jinjian emphasized that in recent years, Wuxi has made a lot of work and exploration in fostering social responsibility of businesses, hoping that the forum can strengthen the exchange platform for China, Japan and South Korea to share the wisdom of experts with each other, as well as to further promote dialogues and exchanges in the Jiangnan University, Wuxi and non-governmental organizations at home and abroad to inject new ideas and vitality for the development of civil society organizations and researches.
Deputy Secretary Zhou Pu gave great congratulations to the Forum, stating that Jiangnan University will continue to support international cooperation and exchanges. Vice-chairman AhnYang-ho said that the development of the forum made a positive contribution to the cooperation and exchanges in East Asia. KVF will continue to work with Chinese and Japanese partners to conduct in-depth exchanges. Director KONAKA Tetsuo said that the Forum benefited non-governmental cooperation in East Asia and promoted non-governmental exchanges and cooperation.
A total of nine experts made key speeches and three representatives did special reports from China, Japan and South Korea in the forum.
Professor Wang Ming, President of the Chinese Academy of Charity in Tsinghua University, and Zhang Xingming, associate Professor of Research Center of the New Social Organization in Jiangnan University delivered speeches entitled "Developments, reforms and trends of China's charity" and "Chinese characteristics of social failure: based on sample analysis of Wuxi". Associate Professor Zhang also presented the results of the new research of social organizations in Jiangnan University made in the study of social organization, and shared cases in Wuxi.
Huang Haoming, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of CANGO, as an ultimate originato of the forum delivered a speech entitled "Social organizations and business cooperation opportunities and challenges". Huang Haoming emphasized that the cooperation of social organizations and enterprises had a special meaning in promoting social responsibility and carrying forward the spirit of volunteerism. Huang Haoming analyzed the opportunities and challenges of social organizations in details and made seven basic principles and five specific recommendations for the future cooperation of social organizations and enterprises.
Korea Representatives Dong-sung Cho, professor at Seoul National University, Jin Daoyong, Minister of SK Broadband Social Contributions Department, and Young-su Min, legal representative of SPAPK forum delivered speeches entitled "Corporations Social Contribution", "In order to serve the community of new business leap-Korean companies as centers" and "Direction of supporting service activities for development in social and economic environment ".
Koichi Kaneda , Director of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, KAWORI Kuroda, Secretary General of CSO Network Japan, and NORIKO Tsutsui, President of Japan Volunteer Coordinators Association gave speeches respectively entitled "Japanese companies natural disaster support mode - the possibility of the mode applied to Asian countries", "Corporate Social Responsibility and the role of Japan's NGO" and "Indispensable voluntary Coordinators for Civil Society" .
Japan Association of Charitable Otganizations‘s Director Katsuji Szuki, the Vice President of Soongsil Cyber University Moo-sung Chung , Deputy Director of JICA China Office Zhou Yan, published special reports entitled "Status of Japanese social enterprise" and "corporations’ social contributions and intermediate support organizations of non-profit organizations" , "joint parties’ resources, build civil society platform for cooperation and CSR activities - the amount of the public to carry out cooperation from JICA to participate in business and CSR basic research and other related works".
The meeting also carried out extensive exchanges and discussions During which the participants expressed that China, Korea and Japan are close neighbors, not only important partners in economic and trade cooperation, but also important partners of cultural exchanges, having deep historical roots. Non-governmental exchanges in North-east Asia are conducive to the consolidation and expansion of long-term development of relations with neighboring countries. We hope that the Forum can continue to develop substantially and permanently, and hope that through the efforts of volunteers and civil society, we can play an active and unique role in promoting regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, civil diplomacy.
During seven years, the Forum has been held five times in Japan, Korea and China which has become an important mechanism for regular exchanges of civil society in China, Japan and Korea, gradually becoming a folk diplomatic dialogue platform. Meanwhile, the success of the Forum shows the impact and sustainability in Northeast Asia.