Next Cross-Party Group Meeting, Tuesday 25th June, 2019

President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay. Photo//Rebecca McMillanThe next meeting of the Cross-Party Group on Tibet will be at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 25th June, 2019 at the usual Time of 6-8pm. We have the great pleasure of welcoming the Tibetan Sikyong, Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, to address the Group.

Dr Lobsang Sangay is Sikyong (President) of the Central Tibetan Administration, more often known as the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India. Dr Sangay took office in August  2011 as the first fully-democratically elected Tibetan Prime-Minister, a position that was changed to that of Sikyong (President) following the 14th Dalai Lama’s resignation from political leadership. In February 2016, Dr Sangay was re-elected to his position as Sikyong of the CTA.

Dr Sangay was born in exile in Darjeeling, India in 1968. He holds American citizenship and is a lawyer by profession, having studied at Harvard on a Fulbright Scholarship.

 

As usual, the meeting is open to the public, but please e-mail the Secretary, Dr. Martin Mills, at m.a.mills at abdn.ac.uk, to give notice of your wish to attend.

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Next Cross-Party Group Meeting, Wednesday 24th April, 2019: 6-8pm

1960s permafrost

Losing the Third Pole:

Climate Change in Tibet and its Regional Consequences

The Tibetan Plateau stands at the heart of Asia, a high altitude mesa of 1.3 million square miles. The Plateau contains most of Asia’s fresh water supplies, locked in a cryosphere of glacier and permafrost that has acted as the source of most of Asia’s major rivers for most of the history of human civilization. However, Tibet’s high altitude has made it particularly vulnerable to global climate change, causing increased glacial melt and the degradation of permafrost across the Plateau. This talk will explain in depth the most recent scientific findings and projections for the region, and the catastrophic impact this will have on Asia’s overall water and food security.

Talk by Dr. Martin A. Mills (Director, Scottish Centre for Himalayan Research)

Committee Room 5: Wednesday, 24th April, 6-8pm

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“Tibet’s Future Effects All of Asia – And All of Us” – Op-ed by Linda Fabiani MSP

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The Tibetan Plateau is one million square miles of mountain, glacier and permafrost at the heart of Asia, the source of all its major rivers. And its changing, fast. Read Linda Fabiani’s op-ed in The National on the crucial importance of the Plateau to Asia’s future, and to the future of all of us.

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‘The Future of Tibet, Heartland of Asia’ Reception, 6th March 2019

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Thanks to all who came to “The Future of Tibet, Heartland of Asia”, the Cross-Party Group on Tibet’s Reception on the 6th March. The reception marked the week-long exhibition on Tibet at the Scottish Parliament, and we were extremely pleased to host the delegation of Tibetan parliamentarians, come all the way from India: Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok (Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-exile), Khenpo Jamphal Tenzin, Khenpo Kada Ngedup Sonam and Mr Sonam Norbu Ratsa.

Thanks as ever go to Linda Fabiani MSP for chairing the event, and to Sonam Frasi, the Tibetan Representative in London, for all his help. The exhibition was a great success, and helped to raise awareness and understanding of the environmental importance of the Tibetan Plateau for both the future of Asia, and indeed for all of us. An extra note of appreciation for those volunteers that gave up their time to man the exhibition.

Since people have asked, we’ll put up some of the material from the Exhibition on this site as soon as possible.

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Cross-Party Group: Upcoming Events

Please note that, in order to make space for the Parliamentary Exhibition on Tibet between the 4-9th March, and the Reception at Hollyrood on the evening of the 6th March, the ordinary Cross-Party Group Meeting on Wednesday 27th February is cancelled.

Regular participants at the Cross-Party Group should be receiving their invitations to the Reception over the next week. If you have not received one and expected to, please contact the Secretary at m.a.mills at abdn.ac.uk.

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