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Past Program

Nov 24 - Nov 30, 2013

People, Peace and Planet in 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

Session 518

Abstract

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.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE SEMINAR AND FORUM WILL CONSIDER THREE SCENARIOS:

  • 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.

PARTNER

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Report

You can view the report from the session online in our Issuu Library.

You can also download the report in full as a PDF:

People, Peace and Planet in 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

 

Directory

You can download the directory, which includes the bios of all the Fellows and Faculty in PDF:

Session 518 Directory