London: Representative Mr Sonam Tsering Frasi and staff Ms Tsering Tsomo of Office of Tibet, London attended UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow from 4 to 7 November 2021 to advocate for Tibet’s Environment during Global climate discourse and meeting with members of the Cross- Party Group for Tibet in the Scottish Parliament.
They met with MSP Alexander Cole-Hamilton, the new member of the newly re-formed Cross-Party Group for Tibet. He is a member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Western constituency and the leader of Scottish Liberal Democrats.
After greetings, Mr Hamilton shared his first encounter with His Holiness when His Holiness was awarded an honorary degree by the Aberdeen University in 1993 and since then have great respect for him. He applauds His Holiness’s services for the wellbeing of humanity.
Representative Mr Frasi firstly thanked him for joining the cross-party group for Tibet and call his support on urgent issues facing in Tibet including violations of language rights and religious freedom and environmental damages in Tibet. Mr Hamilton assured his full support for Tibet issues and agreed to put motion/debate on Tibet in the Scottish Parliament.
On Friday 5th November, Representative Mr Frasi attended UN COP26 meeting sessions and joined live talk by COP26 President Alok Sharma and other inspirational speeches from world leaders including Vice President Al Gore at COP26. Mr Frasi also attended the conference meeting on how indigenous people’s knowledge can help prevent environmental crises and took part in Q and A session to advocate for Tibet climate justice.
On Saturday 6th November, they joined team Tibet advocacy groups including members of the Tibetan Community in Britain and Tibet supporters in the COP26 Indigenous People’s March in Glasgow city along with 100,000 climate activists to raise awareness about the Tibet Climate Crisis.
On 7 November, they met with MSP Ross John Greer from Scottish Green Party and MSP Mercedes Villalba from the Scottish Labour party at the Global Green Hub in Glasgow. Ross Greer was an active member of the Cross-party Parliamentary Group on Tibet for many years and has met with former Sikyong Dr, Lobsang Sangay in 2019.
The Representative expressed his gratitude and appreciation for his continued support and for hosting the meeting with other MSPs from Labour and green party to discuss in length how to raise the Tibet issue in the parliament.
An hour-long meeting with MSPs was very productive and useful. The Office of Tibet thanked Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, the Secretary of the Cross-Party Group for Tibet for coordinating the meetings with MSPs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The office of Tibet presented MSPs with “Tibet Brief 20/20 book by Michael Van Walt and the Tibetan Environment book published by Office of Tibet, London.
Report file by Office of Tibet, London.