Salzburg Global Chronicle 2016


Issues of Global Concern

Across sectors and scales, we are witnessing radical shake-ups in the relationships between individuals, systems, and states. Salzburg Global’s 2015 programs were designed to help key institutions and individuals understand these shifts, see the art of the possible, and accelerate change. 

Below are highlights from just some of our 2015 sessions. For stories from our other sessions, please click through our Features, Impact and Profiles tabs. 

Youth, Economics and Violence: Implications for Future Conflict
Today’s youth face an identity crisis. Youth should symbolize rising hopes, endless possibilities, and the energy to reach personal goals. Yet societal systems in many countries are failing young people, as reflected in poor educational, professional, and health forecasts – especially for youth on the margins. In April, practitioners from the diverse fields of anthropology, political science, youth violence, bullying, education, psychology, media, culture, economics, and law enforcement convened in Salzburg to examine how inequalities can be overcome and young people can be empowered to bring about fundamental shifts in the laws, policies, services, and institutions that affect their lives.


Parks for the Planet: Nature, Health, and a New Urban Generation
The world is seeing an unprecedented increase in urbanization, noncommunicable diseases are on the rise, and nature is being squeezed out of urban areas. How will this impact the wellbeing of future generations? The inaugural session of the newly launched Parks for the Planet Forum: Nature, Health and a New Urban Generation sought to address these interconnected issues, culminating in the “Salzburg Challenge” outlining a ten-point plan to “accelerate regional and global action for nature-based solutions that help communities and cities flourish and advance health and dignity for all people.”

READ MORE: Parks for the Planet Fellows take up the “Salzburg Challenge”

The Future of Financial Intermediation: Banking, Securities Markets, or Something New?
From the then-ongoing Greek financial crisis to the positive disruption of technology and the growth of wealth in emerging markets, session co-chair UBS AG Chairman Axel Weber covered many topics as he spoke live on the terrace of Schloss Leopoldskron for Bloomberg TV’s The Pulse. “Embrace the opportunities” was his resounding message, echoed by many Fellows at the fifth annual session of the Salzburg Global Forum on Finance in a Changing World.


Early Childhood and Development: Quality ECDE for All Girls and Boys
The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed an ambitious target for Early Childhood and Development (ECDE): by 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. To meet this target, it is vital that we begin now to address key questions. What are equitable, quality, and scalable practices in ECDE? How can these be rolled out in developing, emerging, and developed country contexts? Together 40 ECDE practitioners and researchers drafted a Salzburg Statement – a synthesis of agreed-upon guiding principles, priority actions, and proposals for urgent consideration – and shared it throughout their networks worldwide.

READ MORE: Making A Statement

A New Global Balance: America's Changing Role in the World
Can the US remain the world’s sole super-power? Will it be overtaken by China or reignite its Cold War rivalry with Russia? Leading academics, diplomats, and politicians from across the world gathered in Salzburg for the 13th symposium of the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA), proposing various roles for the US, and concluding that America should seek strategic partners with which to become  the “good neighbor” in an ever more diverse international community. 


People and Power: Will We Recognize the World in 2030?
Looking back at progress made (or not) since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals and looking forward to the transformations they expect or fear by 2030 (when the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved), international speakers from five continents, including rising Gulf strategist Mona Hammami, leading Indian health tech innovator Kanav Kahol, and long-serving UN diplomat David Malone, led the Annual June Board of Directors Weekend in discussions on “Speed and the City: Can Humans Keep Up?”, “Data Deluge: Can Policy Follow Science?”, and “Rights, Rules and Robots: Can the Law Cope?”


The Immigration Crisis: A Preview of Things to Come?
As over one million people undertook the treacherous journey from war-torn countries to the initially welcoming but quickly overwhelmed European Union, Salzburg Global Seminar and National Public Radio hosted two discussion-prompting panels in Washington, DC, to consider how to Western governments could resolve their biggest challenge since World War II and turn the crisis into an opportunity to strengthen their societies through successful integration. 


International Responses to Crimes Against Humanity: The Case of North Korea
The publication of the Report of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea offered a window of opportunity to raise greater awareness of the plight of the people of North Korea. Following the Salzburg symposium, the Fellows – including three members of the UN COI, as well as diplomats, legal experts, policymakers, and human rights advocates – issued a determined call to action to the international community.

READ MORE: Making A Statement

Civic Voices: Justice, Rights, and Social Change

How can digital media improve women’s rights and empowerment, community resilience in the face of climate change-induced disasters, and online civic engagement of marginalized communities? Students at the 2015 Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change identified emerging challenges to civic rights and justice in their respective communities and proposed solutions to program partners: the United Nations Development Program, the Red Cross, and Global Voices. 

READ MORE: Amplifying Civic Voices