World youth gather in Changsha for heritage protection
Changsha government officials, UNESCO staff members and 83 young people from 65 countries along the Belt and Road attended the opening ceremony held in the 1,000-year-old Yuelu Academy, a cultural icon in Changsha.
The opening ceremony of the international youth forum promoting creativity and heritage protection along the Belt and Road is held at Yuelu Academy, Changsha, on April 17. [Photo by Wang Xiwen/news.changsha.cn]
The forum aims to encourage young people to devote themselves to heritage protection and cultural innovation to promote exchanges along the Belt and Road.
Participants will listen to academic reports, hold symposiums and visit cultural heritage sites to learn about the history and modern vitality of Changsha.
In a congratulatory message to the forum, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong encouraged the young people to view the world with an attitude of appreciation, mutual learning and sharing to promote exchange and co-existence.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova sent a video message for the opening ceremony of the forum.
A video message from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is played at the opening ceremony of the forum. [Photo by Wang Xiwen/news.changsha.cn]
Changsha's top official, Yi Lianhong, said, "Changsha is an important city along the Belt and Road. We would like to present the history and culture to the whole world and expect more cooperation with other countries."
Changsha government officials, UNESCO staff members and 83 young people from 65 countries along the Belt and Road attend the forum held in Changsha. [Photo by Wang Xiwen/news.changsha.cn]