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China visit concludes with discussions on climate crisis

The visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Tanja Fajon to China concluded with a round table discussion in Beijing, jointly organised by the Bled Strategic Forum and the Chinese think tank, Center for China & Globalization. During the discussion, the participants agreed that effective multilateralism and respect for international law are key to successfully tackling the challenges posed by climate change.
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Minister Tanja Fajon addressing the participants | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje in evropske zadeve

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The round table was held under the title "Navigating the Future: Strategic Imperatives for Global Resilience".

“The slogan 'Building Trust' of Slovenia's campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council resonates strongly with the outcomes of the successful four-day visit to China. While we may hold differing views on certain matters, what undoubtedly unites us are the numerous challenges that can only be successfully addressed together, through dialogue and effective multilateralism. The climate crisis is unfolding before our eyes, and it is the responsibility of all of us, small and large countries alike, to seek solutions. Slovenia is also pursuing this objective in the UN Security Council, where addressing the impact of climate change on peace and security ranks among its priorities. The Bled Strategic Forum, which significantly bolsters its global reputation, plays a vital role in offering strategic insights and solutions to the most urgent challenges," said Minister Fajon in her opening remarks.

Liu Zhenmin, China's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Peter Grk, Secretary General of the Bled Strategic Forum, and Dr Huiyao Wang, President of the Center for China and Globalisation, also addressed the participants. In a panel discussion with the ambassadors of Guyana, Japan, Malta, Slovenia and Switzerland (current UN Security Council members) to China, they explored proactive approaches for enhancing global resilience in the long term. They highlighted their respective countries' efforts in combating climate change and concurred that the UN Summit of the Future, scheduled to take place in New York in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, offers a ray of hope for revitalizing the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing their implementation.

The Bled Strategic Forum is one of the key soft power tools of Slovenian foreign policy. "Partnerships with important foreign think tanks such as the Center for China and Globalisation bolster Slovenia's influence, enabling the Bled Strategic Forum to actively contribute to shaping and guiding international discourse on strategic issues. Today's round table in Beijing further underscores the rising prestige of the Bled Strategic Forum and its effective consolidation within the global landscape of international conferences," remarked Peter Grk, Secretary General of the Forum, on the sidelines of the round table.