2016 Empowering Women and Sustainable Development Summit

The "2016 Empowering Women and Sustainable Development Summit" was held on October 26, 2016 (Paris time) at UNESCO Headquarter in Paris, France. The "Summit" was hosted by China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF), co-hosted by Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA) and Cimagine Media Group LLC, supported by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and Information Office of Nanjing Municipal Government. The "Summit" committed to empowering and inspiring women through exchanges and interactions in art and design between excellent women artists and designers all over the world, featuring exhibitions, charity auctions and high-level speeches and panel discussions. Eric Fault, Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information at the UNESCO, Qingchao FANG, Deputy Permanent Delegate of China to UNESCO, Jianmin ZHANG, Deputy Secretary General of CWDF, Peter Zhang, President of SAFA, Zhengang PENG, Director-General of Information Office of Nanjing Municipal Government and other outstanding female executives all around the world attended the event.

This visit helped to further communication and cooperation between the two cities in culture, tourism, entertainment, economy, and technological innovation.

Li Li, President of Cimagine Media Group LLC hosted the event. She indicated that Chinese women have been actively involved in politics, science, education, sports, environmental protection, art, charity, and national public welfare causes. Women who have achieved success should be put in the spotlight in order to inspire and influence others. Women empowerment can make great strides by acknowledging female pioneers in fashion, design, and art.


Jianmin ZHANG, Deputy Secretary-General of CWDF, Eric Fault, Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information at the UNESCO, Peter Zhang, President of SAFA, Jean-Luc Pradier, Diplomatic Advisor and Humanitarian Associations President, Zhengang PENG, Director-General of Information Office of Nanjing Municipal Government, Pascal Gentil, French Taekwondo Olympic Medalist and other distinguished guests attended the Women's Innovative Design Exhibition Opening Ceremon


Opening remark by Eric Fault, Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information at the UNESCO


Keynote Speech by Jianmin ZHANG, Deputy Secretary-General of CWDF


Speech by Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder and Managing Director of Women's World Wide Web (W4)


Speech by Zhengang PENG, Director-General of Information Office of Nanjing Municipal Government


Empowering Women and Sustainable Development Symposium

Symposium Panel 1: Cooperation of government, social organizations and enterprises pushes the women development.


Moderator: Pascal Gentil, Taekwondo Olympic Medalist, Panelists: Qiong WU, Director of Cooperation & Development Department of CWDF, Delegate of SUEZ, Chunxu DENG, Founder of BCXC Fashion Company, and Guoxiu XIONG, Executive Vice Chairwoman of European Chinese Women Association discussing innovative partnership and sustainable development of public welfare

Symposium Panel 2: Empowering Women and Sustainable Development.


Moderator: Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke, Founder and Managing Director of W4, Panelist: Jean-Luc Pradier, Diplomatic Advisor and Humanitarian Associations President, Xueqin MIN, Ph. D., Professor of Sociology Department of Nanjing University, Anne Guillaumat de Blignières, Caisse des Dépȏts Group Mediator, Qin JIANG, President of Nanjing Qingya Trade Co., Ltd., and Xuemei SUN, Editor in Chief of charity.ifeng.com discussing involvement of women's leadership, economic empowerment and promotion of the development of gender equality

 

Symposium Panel 3: Women's contribution to Art, Fashion, and Sports.


Moderator: Nikki Gonnissen, Co-founder and Creative Director of Thonik Studio, Panelist: Yiqing Yin, Chinese Haute Couture Fashion Designer in France, Caroline Bergonzi, Monaco Artist, Boying LI, Director of Mom's Handworks, and Min LI, General Manager of Shanghai Cuige Industrial Co., Ltd. discussing feminine identity and self-expression    


Deputy Permanent Delegate Qingchao FANG and Assistant Director-General Eric Fault accepting handmade scarves from "Mom's Handworks"


VIP Gala Dinner and Charity Auction

   
(Above four photos) Exquisite women's handicrafts exhibition     


Deputy Secretary General Jianmin Zhang and President Peter Zhang expressing appreciation to the support of all the distinguished guests    


Honored women guests taking a group photo