Professor He Yafei Lecture: G20 and Global Governance


Professor He Yafei will be lecturing at Peking University on June 15 as part of the Yenching Academy of Peking University’s China Studies Lecture Series. He Yafei is a Distinguished Professor of Yenching Academy of Peking University. This lecture is sponsored by the Yenching Academy of Peking University and is open to the entire university community. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Theme: G20 and Global Governance

Time: Wednesday 15th June, 2016, 19:00 – 21:00

Location: Peking University, Second Gymnasium Room B101

Language: English


Professor He Yafei will explore what China will accomplish and the three most pressing and important questions to decipher the G20 and global governance. In the part “What China will accomplish”, he will discuss: How can we consolidate and promote global economic growth? What is the global governance architecture?

The three most pressing and important questions include: Why does the world need the G20 now to lead global governance and its systemic reform? What will be the greatest challenges to the G20 and to global governance when China moves into Chairmanship this year? What can we do to make the G20 an effective and authoritative organ of global governance to improve upon the existing governance system?

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He Yafei, Distinguished Professor of Yenching Academy. Between 1982 and 1984, He Yafei worked in the Secretariat of the United Nations (New York). After coming back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he held positions in the Department of African Affairs, the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, and the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs. In January 2005, he was appointed as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2008, he took office as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as the Ambassador of China in United Nations Office at Geneva and representative of other international organizations in Switzerland. Between 2012 and 2016, he served as Deputy Director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.

He Yafei has authored China’s Historical Choice in Global Governance and China’s Perspective on Global Affairs. He has written critics and columns for influential journals worldwide, websites and social media. He was invited to deliver speeches at international forums held by The Economist, Asia Society, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and other renowned universities and institutions.

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