Zurich, Switzerland: The President of Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay addressed the Tibetan community and Tibetan youth in Switzerland during the final leg of his three-nation Europe visit yesterday.
Speaking of the importance and democratic functioning of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), which was set up by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1959, Dr Sangay iterated the importance of people’s participation in the success of a democratic system.
Acknowledging the Tibetans who have spent more than 20 years serving the CTA and continue to do so, Dr Sangay urged the Tibetans especially the younger generation growing up in western countries to take active participation in the Central Tibetan Admnistration and its democratic process.
However, he added that before doing so, a Tibetan must and should understand the importance of Tibetan identity and its preservation, and called upon the Tibetan diaspora to integrate, but not assimilate.
Dr Sangay who recently presided over the closing ceremony of the 5th Tibetan Language competition amongst the Tibetan schools in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, appreciated such initiatives and added the importance of continuation and further strengthening of such activities aimed at preservation and teaching of Tibetan cultural identity to the younger generation.
Representative Ngodup Dorjee and member of Tibetan Parliament Samdho Jampa Tsering were present at the event that saw the attendance of over 1000 Tibetans. The address was followed by the launch of the redesigned official website of the Tibet Bureau based in Geneva.
Interacting with the Tibetan youth which was jointly organised by the Tibetan Youth Association of Europe and the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Dr Sangay highlighted the importance and need of Tibetans at International level institutions and urged the Tibetan youth in Switzerland to strive for achieving firm footing in the global stage with modern education together in line with Tibetan Identity.
Dr Sangay rendered his invitation to Tibetans, irrespective of their political ideologies, who wish to know and serve CTA or the Tibetan Community to join through the Tibet Corps, an initiative of the CTA providing opportunities for volunteer service in the community.
Dr Sangay also interacted with TELE TOP, a Swiss television news channel earlier that day.
– Report filed by Communication Officer Tenzin Lhakmon –