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Getting Transition Right
A rights-based approach towards Diversity and Inclusivity
People, Peace and Planet in 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
24 Nov - 30 Nov, 2013
(Session 518)
 Africa's Growth Engine: Partnerships for Rural Enterprise and Impact at Scale

William H. Saito (Chair) - Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Public Policy Consultant and Educator.
Kent Calder - Edwin O. Reischauer Professor, Director of the Japan Studies Program, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC
Aimée Christensen - Founder and CEO, Christensen Global Strategies;
Aiko Doden  
Kiyoshi Kurokawa - Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Science Advisor to the Cabinet of Japan and Chairman of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Commission.
Bo Peng - Vice Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
Surin Pitsuwan - ASEAN Secretary-General between 2008 and 2012.
Akihiko Tanaka - President, JICA; Former Vice Chancellor, University of Tokyo
Noriko Tsuya - Professor, Department of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo.
Christine Wörlen - Expert in renewable energy policies and energy systems integration and Head of Renewable Energies at the German Energy Agency dena.

Additional Session Support:
Michinari Nishimura (Resource Specialist) - Founder and CEO, Greenfield Consulting, and leading expert in scenario planning.

Turning today's challenges into tomorrow's opportunities is the main task that aspiring, young leaders are facing around the globe. The session will offer a platform for young professionals to discuss and exchange innovative pathways to 2030 for Asia and beyond.

While Asia remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world, inequalities are widening within and between countries. As demographics are changing, Asia may grow old before it becomes rich - a trend that goes far beyond questions of economic prosperity and affects human security and well-being. Ultimately, the Asian 'miracle' will not be measured in incomes but in outcomes, shaped by the way countries implement inclusive and more equitable growth.

Fast economic development, resource use and urbanization rates are outstripping the earth's carrying capacity and putting critical strain on the resilience of ecosystems and our natural capital. Environmental tipping points are approaching fast and make societies ever more vulnerable, most tragically shown in the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami as well as the "Triple Disaster" that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. Options and life chances in 2030 will therefore be directly shaped by today's decisions on energy, water and food security in the context of climate change.

On an increasingly interconnected earth, opportunities and challenges have become global - yet the world struggles to develop a workable architecture for multilateral governance. Cooperation within and between regional blocs will be crucial to tackle problems that reach beyond national borders, however, a lack of functioning institutions and political will is still hindering effective cooperation. The success of Asia and other regional blocs will ultimately depend not only on visionary leadership but also on how countries can manage the distances between themselves.


  • Regional Co-operation: Will common interests be strong enough to overcome historical legacies and political differences? What would be the ideal form for a cooperative framework of regional institutions and rules in Asia?
  • Energy and Resource Security: what steps need to be taken now for a sustainable future? What energy choices can countries make to bring them in line with global environmental limits?
  • Innovation and Equity in Aging Societies: how can inclusive growth be realized for Asian societies? What can specific countries do to tackle the problem of aging populations and integrate social protection strategies?

The Salzburg-style Seminar will be held in Kyoto, Japan, involving a faculty of experts and 30 rising leaders and offering an opportunity to develop cross-cultural scenarios and robust conclusions. This interactive event will be followed by a half-day Public Forum in Tokyo where participants will present and discuss their findings and proposals before a more senior audience of media, business, government, academic and NGO representatives, sparking an intergenerational exchange of ideas and debates.

Please note: The Salzburg Global Seminar and the Nippon Foundation will cover all conference fees including room and board as well as travel from and to Japan. The conference is fully residential in Kyoto and Tokyo. Our aim is to bring together a unique mix of aspiring, young experts between the age of 28 and 40. We strongly encourage individuals from all parts of the world to apply. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO THE 19th of August, 2013.

For more information, please contact Kathrin Bachleitner at:

Session Faculty

Kent Calder
Aiko Doden

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