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Salzburg Global Seminar and 21st Century Trust create joint Fellowship

Salzburg, Austria, January 13, 2009: Two leading non-profit groups specialized in bringing together future leaders from all parts of the world and different professional backgrounds announced today that they will henceforth combine their worldwide networks of alumni  into a single "Salzburg Fellowship", extending the opportunities for those involved and maximizing creative thinking about the key challenges facing the world in the coming generation. As part of this alliance, Lord Patten of Barnes [Chris Patten], Chairman of the Trust's Trustees, is to join the Board of Directors of the Salzburg Global Seminar. And the Trust's Director, John Lotherington, is to be seconded to the Seminar as Senior Adviser for the Fellowship program.

Lord Patten said, "I am delighted by this new arrangement and honored to join the Salzburg Board. It has long been clear that our two organizations were travelling on closely parallel paths, but also that we can learn from each other. In the current financial atmosphere it makes eminent sense to work together. It's wonderful to think that the Trust Fellowship will from now on be able to consider the incomparable Schloss Leopoldskron as a base for their activities. I am confident that this is the best way to realize the vision of the Trust's founder, the late Sir David Wills."

Dr. Walter Massey, Chair of the Salzburg Global Seminar's Board of Directors, said, "We too are absolutely thrilled by this new injection of talent and ideas into our work. Chris Patten will be an extremely valuable member of our Board, and John Lotherington a wonderful colleague to work with our staff. But most of all we welcome 1,200 21st Century Trust Fellows, spread across 100 countries, as a partner to the Salzburg alumni. They will be a dynamic addition to our existing network of 20,000, and the new  joint Fellowship, centered on Salzburg, can make a vital contribution to global cooperation and understanding in the 21st century."

The Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent, non-governmental organization, headquartered at the historic and beautiful Schloss Leopoldksron in Salzburg, Austria. Its mission is to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern, which it does by convening imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizing problem-focused initiatives, supporting leadership development, and engaging opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. Since its foundation in 1947 more than 27,000 people from 156 countries around the world have taken part in its programs.

The 21st Century Trust, based in London, from 1986-2008 brought together the rising generation of leaders worldwide from government, business, NGOs, academe, the media and other sectors, in conferences where these exceptional individuals, who otherwise would not have had the chance to meet, were able to identify the major challenges and opportunities facing them and the world in the decades ahead. Its conferences provided a forum where these exceptional individuals, who otherwise would not have a chance to meet, identify the major challenges and opportunities facing them and the world in the decades ahead

The Trust ensured that, as well as being diverse, with upwards of a dozen nationalities and a wide range of professional backgrounds represented at any one event, its conferences were small, with 25 participants, and generally a week long. This facilitated the full involvement of all those present in open, creative thinking, informal, off-the-record discussion, and the formation of lasting relationships which will allow understanding and debates to continue long after the conference has concluded.

The Senior Fellows who led each conference are among the most eminent in their fields. They have included Michael Ignatieff, then Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard (Senior Fellow for Media Power and Responsibility); Heizo Takenaka, former Japanese Minister for Economic Policy (Asia-Pacific Economic and Security Scenarios for 2020); Dominique Möisi, Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris (Globalization: Challenges and Discontents); Ronald Dworkin, New York University and University College London (Genetics, Identity and Justice); the late Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism); Ambassador Olara Otunnu, United Nations, New York (Human Rights in International Relations); and Sir Marrack Goulding, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General (The International Community and its Role in Preventing, Managing and Resolving Conflict).

Alongside the Senior Fellow, guest speakers made presentations. A number of papers by these leading experts are available here. The format included discussion in plenary and small groups, scenario building, and simulations.

Conference participants were invited to join the Trust Fellowship, a unique global network of 1,100 from 100 countries. An electronic journal and directory keep Fellows in touch, and weekend seminars take place in various parts of the world to renew and extend the links and debates initiated at the main conferences.