Changjjiang Civilization Museum located in Wuhan Garden Expo Park.  Photo by Wang zheng

The second Great Rivers Forum will be held from October 28 through 30 in Wuhan, where the Yangtze River and its longest tributary converge. This year's event is co-hosted by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Wuhan Municipal People's Government.

Initiated in 2016, the Great Rivers Forum serves as a communication platform that bridges Wuhan and other cities located near river basins. Through discussion and mutual exchange, representatives from riverside cities across the world will be able to share their valuable experiences and resources with one another in an effort to achieve the goal of collaborative sustainable development.

Around 150 participants from home and abroad will take part in this forum. Among them are representatives from UNESCO and scholars in the fields of urban planning, water management, environment protection, and culture and history.

The theme of this year's forum is "Confluence: Great Rivers Civilizations — High Quality Development for a Sustainable Future." A series of world-class dialogues involving city mayors, high- profile experts, and museum directors will share their visions for improving the vitality of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and promote cultural and economic development in river basins. The forum will also push forward cooperative strategies for preserving cultural heritage and protecting water resources.

The Great Rivers Forum is to be held at the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Civilization Museum. Built in 2015, the museum explores the civilization of a great river, making it the first of its kind in China. During the forum, the Changjjiang Civilization Museum will sign a form and officially join the Global Network of Water Museums.