Prague: CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay highlighted the importance of accountability together with responsibility in political roles at the 23rd Forum 2000 in Prague yesterday evening.
CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay was participating in a panel discussion at the ongoing 23rd Forum 2000 at the Zofin Palace, Prague.
The panel that included Vesna Pusic, Former Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Haykuhi Harutyunyan, President of Protection of Rights without Borders, and Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief of the Gazeta Wyborcza along with Dr Sangay deliberated on the former Czech President Havel’s notion of responsibility and how it weighs in the political space where the world is witnessing democracies in retreat.
As the panellists deliberated on how to bring Havel’s thought on responsibility and it as a gauge of morality, into the political space, President Sangay shared the concept of Professional politician, where a politician over time becomes a professional politician and thus overriding their responsibility and moral obligation of their position. The President further suggested term limit in effectively curbing that transition and mania for power.
The panel also discussed the trend of politicians being more concerned towards their party and its goals rather than towards their responsibilities. It further deliberated on the roles of individuals, civil education and to figure the entitlements of the citizen in their system.
President Dr Sangay also shared the importance of a modern education inclusive of moral and ethical learning in countering the challenges of the world arc bending towards a system of exclusion and moving away from a system of inclusion, while exemplifying SEEL learning and His Holiness’s initiative and thoughts on Universal Responsibility.
The Panel concluded with a discussion on the importance of education inclusive of moral and ethical learning, the need to transcend the perspective of us and them and the suggestion of term limit as the three lessons or take away from the discussion in regards to the moral dilemma in the political space and world at large.
President Dr Sangay met with Ondřej Kamenický, Director of One World Film Festival, and Jakub Klepal, Forum 2000 director at Žofín Palace. The President also gave an interview with Reflex Magazine yesterday.
Today, the President will attend a meeting hosted by Senate Vice-President Jiří Oberfalzer and Senator Premysl Rabas with Czech Parliamentary Group for Tibet, and Council of the city of Prague members. The President will also participate in panel discussions on China: Human Rights in the 21st Century Digital Surveillance State.
-Filed by Communication Officer, Sikyong Office