Opening Ceremony

Time: 3:30 – 4:20 PM (UTC+8, Beijing time)

Moderator: Mr Qiang Xu
Director of Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, China
Note: Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese and English will be provided for all the sessions of the Summit. For the Opening Ceremony, the French interpretation will also be provided.


3:30 – 3:35 PM Introduction

3:35 – 3:45 PM Welcome remarks by Mr Jining Chen, Mayor of Beijing Municipality, China

3:45 – 3:55 PM Opening remarks by Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO

3:55 – 4:05 PM Opening remarks by Mr Fuzhi Zheng, Vice Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China

4:05 – 4:10 PM Launch of the e-publication UNESCO Creative Cities' Response to COVID-19 by Mr Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO 

4:10 – 4:15 PM Message from Mr Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki, Finland

4:15 – 4:20 PM Announcement of the launch of the Summit