Global Partnership Virtual Summit

On November 16th 2020, the United Nations designated “International Day for Tolerance” and the 10th Anniversary of the Global Challenges Forum – the Founder H.E. Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh and co-Founder Dr. Walter Christman have issued a “Global Partnership Declaration.”  

The Global Partnership Declaration is accompanied by Dr. Abu Ghazaleh’s “Open Letter to America and China from an Arab Friend,” with reference to Anson Burlingame, a little-known statesman of the 19th century who is a towering inspiration for us today.  

Burlingame’s legacy in building ties for both America and China should be lauded as one of the most relevant reconciliation guides for our own time. His life story projects the promise of America; his underlying principles need to be studied and applied today through global partnership to the promotion of tolerance, global resilience, and youth empowerment for sustainable development in the 21st century.

Moving beyond his previous concerns that the U.S. and China may be headed for war, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh advocates that in the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election, the two nations should now begin to articulate their shareable interests with the rest of the world. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh has suggested that the values of tolerance, the need for global resilience, and finding modalities to empower the youth of today for leadership in sustainable development be incorporated as actionable elements for a global partnership initiative.  “These are matters upon which, I do believe, all people of good will can agree,” he said. 

“Therefore, with humility, I am convening a ‘Global Partnership Virtual Summit’ on 16 November at   “It is not a one-time event,” he notes.  “Rather, the Virtual Summit and the Global Challenges Forum will serve for one year as a facilitating partner -- inviting leaders of all nations, international organizations, global corporations, foundations, and indeed global citizens everywhere to join in the process of establishing a new Global Partnership for the 21st Century.

This initiative is in line with the principles of the UN Global Compact, founded by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as Chairman and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh as co-chair, and continued to be co-chaired by Ban Ki-Moon and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh.

Requests for information about Anson Burlingame’s role in fostering U.S. - China cooperation may be sent to   Dr. Walter Christman is the coordinator for the Global Partnership Virtual Summit and is President of the Burlingame Foundation. Requests to submit endorsements and join the “Virtual Global Partnership Summit” movement should be sent to Mr. Ramez Quneibi at