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The Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation I - A Clean and Green Asia 06 Nov - 09 Nov, 2017
JUSTICEThe Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation I - A Clean and Green Asia 06 Nov - 09 Nov, 2017



LOCATIONSchloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, AustriaMAPFEE AND REGISTRATION INFORMATIONRegistration Deadline
01 Jan, 1970

    Session Overview

    The first topic in the multi-year series will focus on A Clean and Green Asia and envision an Asia that contributes to planetary health.

    Environmental degradation and climate change are a defining global challenge for the 21st century. Millions of people in Asia are already suffering the consequences of climate-influenced extreme weather events, acute air pollution, water insecurity and other threats. These, in combination with other factors, are flashpoints for future instability and conflicts. While many Asian countries recognize the need to accelerate transition to low-carbon and climate resilient economies, stronger leadership and new alliances at various levels are imperative to drive transformation and deliver integrated and equitable solutions. It is important to tackle the divergence of policies among countries and the lack of regional coordination, which often weakens the impact of environmental and climate change policies and actions.

    The first cohort of participants will include rising leaders from ASEAN+3 and India who are rooted in their communities, committed to inclusive progress, and work in fields related to energy and climate, environmental protection and governance, urban planning, technology,culture or media. Participants will focus on practical ways to scale up community action and cross-border cooperation to advance climate and environmental progress in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Key Questions

    • How can communities coordinate action for sustainable urban development and nature-based solutions to improve human health and wellbeing?
    • How can rising leaders work together for a low-carbon future that makes affordable and clean energy available for all?
    • What kinds of local partnerships between governments, cities,business, and community organizations can leverage innovation and build capacity for sustainable development?
    • How can rising leaders make better use of regional frameworks for environmental and climate cooperation?
    • How can new collaborations between countries be developed in Asia to strengthen governance and action on shared environmental challenges?

    Session Format

    By examining case studies of community-driven and regional cooperation from Asia and around the world, participants will identify opportunities to adapt strategies for their contexts and to build cross-border collaboration.

    They will work together to develop pilot projects that will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals and bring benefits for environment, resource efficiency, as well as inclusive and low carb economic development. 

    The four-day meeting in Salzburg will include:

    • Discussions to build rising leaders' understanding and ability to influence climate change and sustainability decision-making;
    • Collaborative exercises to expand communities with scales potential across sectors and countries; and
    • Capacity- and skills-building workshops to strengthen competencies in advocacy, coalition building, entrepreneurial thinking, and other personal skills needed to be an effective agent of change.

    Participants will engage on equal terms with senior resource specialists and renowned speakers from inside and outside Asia. They will be helped to better understand and develop their personal leadership role, identify strategic linkages and support systems, and set priorities for systems change. Participants will be able to develop joint projects for future implementation and benefit from ongoing networks and collaborations.


    The program can be downloaded here.

    Participant Profile

    Participants are competitively selected for each annual meeting. Small country teams of three to five participants will be selected to attend. Eligible countries include ASEAN+3 and India.

    Asia experts from other parts of the world will also be invited to provide comparative insights and ensure an inter-regional and global perspective. Each cohort will combine perspectives from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The program will specifically focus on rising community leaders and change-makers who are working on specific initiatives and projects that could benefit from practicable demonstrations of regional cooperation.

    Participant Selection Criteria and Application Requirements

    • 25-45 years of age;
    • Minimum 3-5 years of working experience in fields relevant to climate change, environment protection, sustainable economic development,urban planning, media, and/or new forms of governance;
    • Demonstration of change making and influencing abilities and skills, either through positions of leadership or championing initiatives at the community level;
    • Track record of prior or current collaboration with a variety of stakeholders;
    • Commitment to influence the public discourse and action to contribute to Asia's sustainable future; and
    • Availability of a supportive home environment, such as a local mentor and/or supportive community institution.

    Candidates are asked to provide a résumé and a personal statement of 1000 words maximum demonstrating his/her:

    • Rationale for applying;
    • Interest in creating social change and willingness to tackle at least one specific challenge;
    • Leadership qualities and potential as demonstrated by through an example of one project led and its outcome/impact; and
    • Experience working with various stakeholders on projects and initiatives.

    Series Overview

    Asia is the world's most vibrant, populous, fast-urbanizing and rapidly changing continent. More than any other region, its development pathway will be the single largest factor influencing global prospects for growth and stability.

    Upcoming Asian leaders have the potential to guide sustainable and equitable development for billions of their citizens and to shape the future of global cooperation and planetary health in the 21st century. However, they also face complex challenges to human, economic, and political security that could weaken their ability to fulfill this exceptional promise. A new generation of connected and informed leaders will therefore be critical to advance regional cohesion and cultivate a stronger sense of collaborative responsibility for peaceful global progress.

    The Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation is a leadership development program of Salzburg Global Seminar that seeks to build a dynamic, gender-balanced cohort of 150 rising Asian leaders over the next four years (2017-2020). Rooted in their communities and committed to sharing their talent, knowledge, and experience, participating leaders will forge breakthrough collaborations and develop innovative projects and initiatives that advance Asia's regional cooperation and global engagement in the 21st century.

    The multi-year series on The Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation program was jointly designed by an invited group of Asian experts at a strategy meeting in October 2016, supported by the Japan Foundation. They prioritized three critical topics for Asia, which will provisionally be addressed in the following in sequence:

    • Clean and Green Asia (2017)
    • Asia: Open for Talent (2018)
    • Conflict-Free Asia (2019)

    It is envisaged that these mutually-reinforcing topics will lead into a synthesis program convened in Asia in 2020. This would bring together the network, learning,and exchange catalyzed during the series' first three years.

    Series Objectives

    The multi-year series The Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation has four concrete goals:

    1. Develop a shared vision and commitment to Asian community development that is inspired and informed by cooperation at local to global levels to advance peace, prosperity, and sustainable and equitable development.
    2. Build and sustain a highly-valued and reputable cohort of rising leaders across geographies and sectors, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and contacts to be effective change agents.
    3. Provide a comprehensive analysis of collaboration opportunities in each thematic area and develop the participants' skills to identify and overcome systemic barriers that impede regional cooperation.
    4. Generate practical cross-border projects and community initiatives for on-the-ground implementation, suited to replication and scaling up.


    Participants List