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IDPP Alumnus Selected as Prestigious Salzburg Seminar Fellow

Participants of Salzburg Seminar Asia (group photo)CIDP Master's program alumnus and current IDPP Regional Research Coordinator Mr. John Paul Cruz was invited to participate as a fellow in the prestigious seminar “People, Peace and Planet 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” held between 24-30 November 2013 in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan. Hosted by the Salzburg Global Seminar and The Nippon Foundation, this weeklong event brought together a faculty of leading experts in policy, development, human rights and economics from around the world, as well as 30 aspiring leaders from across Asia for an interactive strategic discussion on the future of social and economical development in Asia.

The discussions were overseen by an international faculty of experts who helped provide direction and insight in the seminar’s debates. Among the faculty was former ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, who offered the keynote address at the inaugural IDPP convocation ceremony during the 2012 IDPP Annual Meeting and Residency held at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Cruz shared the stage with Dr. Pitsuwan at his convocation ceremony as he served as the student speaker at this milestone event.

The first four days of the seminar took place in Kyoto, where Mr. Cruz met with expert presenters, facilitators and other participants for a series of plenary sessions and small-format working group sessions on key development topics including: inclusive economic policy, sustainable energy and environmental practices, regional cooperation and human rights. This "Salzburg style" seminar format provided an open, in-depth exchange between participants and was designed to encourage the creation of cooperative proposals of strategies for future development initiatives.

Following this session, participants traveled to Tokyo to attend a public forum to present and discuss their findings and proposals before a more senior audience of media, business, government, academic and NGO representatives.

This jointly-convened seminar honors 25 years of continuous collaboration between The Nippon Foundation and Salzburg Global Seminar, an independent non-profit organization.

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