GDPPC Budapest Forum 2014 kicks off today!

“Rethinking drugs” is the theme of this year’s Global Debate and Public Policy Challenge final event, which gathers 42 participants from 21 countries, all competing in Budapest for the $10,000 scholarship prizes.

The GDPPC 2014, currently in its third year, opened today at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Wolfgang Reinicke, dean of the Central European University’s School of Public Policy, welcomed the participants and organizers by congratulating them on their hard work during the past year.

“We have all worked hard to get here today and to have the GDPPC 2014 in Budapest because we believe in young minds and we believe that you are the next generation that will confront many global and local issues,” said Reinicke. “In that line, the goal of this program is to help you connect, exchange ideas and work together in the near future.”

Marjan Stojnev, executive director of IDEA SEE, viewed this GDPPC as the most successful to date. He also spoke of his satisfaction of how the programme has developed in such a short a short time.

Thorsten Benner, co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute, shared his hope to put on an interesting program for “these young minds to interact, to learn from each other, to learn from the experts and exchange ideas.”

The Budapest Forum 2014 is the final event of the annual GDPPC programme. The Forum will run from June 23 to 27, incorporating panel discussions and talks with leading policy experts as well as public speaking and debate workshops. The semifinals will take place on June 26, when each participant will present and defend their policy brief at a mock parliamentary hearing.

Only 12 participants will take part in the grand final on June 27. The final has two components, which will be graded separately: debating and extemporaneous speaking. The five finalists with the highest overall score will be the winners of GDPPC 2014.

GDPPC is jointly organized by the Global Public Policy Institute, the International Debate Education Association, the European Council of Foreign Relations and the Central European University’s School of Public Policy. The project is supported by the Open Society Foundations.

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