Tibetans to Participate in the WMD, Special Envoy to Give Keynote Speech
|Kasur Lodi Gyari|
Dharamsala, 31 January: The World Movement for Democracy will hold its third Assembly beginning tomorrow. Kasur Lodi Gyari, Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will deliver a keynote address at the Assembly in Durban, South Africa.
Building Democracy for Peace, Development and Human Rights,” is the theme of the Assembly, which will take place at the International Convention Centre in Durban. More than 600 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars from more than 100 countries are participating in the conference. Representatives of the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies, Office of Tibet in South Africa, and Tibetan Youth Congress are also participating in the conference that will last for four days.
Initiated in 1999 to “strengthen democracy where it is weak, to reform and invigorate democracy even where it is longstanding, and to bolster pro-democracy groups in countries that have not yet entered into a process of democratic transition,” the World Movement is a global network that meets
periodically to exchange ideas and experiences and uses new information and communication technologies to foster collaboration among democratic forces around the world. The World Movement is governed by a distinguished international Steering Committee, and the Washington, DC-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) currently serves as its Secretariat.
Special Envoy Gyari will be addressing the assembly on the opening day.