By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 24 April 2019
President of the Central Tibetan Administration Lobsang Sangay announced the Second Five-Fifty Youth Forum: Shaping Tibet’s Future to be held from 16 to 19 August in Dharamshala.
A select group of 100 young Tibetans from across the globe will be invited to the meeting at the Tibetan headquarters in Dharamshala. The youth will deliberate on CTA’s Five-Fifty Vision in shaping Tibet’s political future and strengthening the Tibetan freedom movement.
This forum will be the second in a series, part of the 5-50 Vision coined by Sangay. The series is premised on the Dalai Lama’s advice to ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst,’ and aims at fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetans in Tibet, of restoring freedom for Tibetans and bring the Dalai Lama to his rightful place in Tibet.
Through this initiative, attempts will be made in finding a way forward to engage with China through dialogue and strengthen CTA’s role in sustaining the Tibetan freedom struggle.
The first grand meeting of the 5-50 Vision was held in October 2017. Since then a few more meetings of Five-Fifty Political Forum, Youth Forum, and the Resilience Forum were held.
When asked if the 5-50 meetings are bringing any results, Sangay said, “The results are visible and palpable.”
When asked about the Vision 2060 For Tibet convened by his predecessor Samdhong Rinpoche in 2010, Sangay said he was not aware of that.
That meeting in February 2010 was to define a vision and approach for the coming 50 years to realise the fundamental goal of the Tibetan struggle.
The 5-50 Vision has similar structures to that of Vision 2060 — to resolve the Tibetan issue with China and to develop sustainable education, religion, health, political, and socio-economic systems in the exile community.
A Special General Meeting of Tibetans is also scheduled in October this year in Dharamshala, in which more than 400 people from various Tibetan clusters around the world will participate to deliberate on shaping Tibet’s future.