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Public Lecture by Jigmi Y. Thinley, Former Prime Minister of Bhutan
"GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS: VISION FOR A TURBULENT WORLD" by Jigmi Y. Thinley, Former Prime Minister of Bhutan MONDAY 9 DECEMBER 2013 10.00 – 12.00 HOURS Registration at 09.30 hrs. Introduction by Sulak Sivaraksa; moderator Surat Horachaikul Dipak C. Jain Hall, SASA International House Chulalongkorn University
Thank you for attend:
H.E. Jigmi Y. Thinley
Former Prime Minister of Bhutan
"GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS: VISION FOR A TURBULENT WORLD"
MONDAY 9 DECEMBER 2013 10.00 – 12.00 HOURS
Registration at 09.30 hrs.
Dipak C. Jain Hall, SASA International House Chulalongkorn University
Introduction by Sulak Sivaraksa; moderator Surat Horachaikul
Jigmi Y. Thinley was born in Bumthang, Bhutan, and joined the civil service in 1976 upon receiving a graduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University. In 1994, after having served in various positions, he was appointed as Bhutan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva. Prior to the beginning of democracy, he was Prime Minister twice, in 1998-1999, and 2003-2004. During this period, chairmanship of the council was based on rotation. Jigmi Y. Thinley was also the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan from 1998 until 2003 and subsequently served as Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs.
His keynote speech Values and Development: Gross National Happiness held at the Millennium Meeting for Asia and the Pacific, November 1998, Seoul, Korea, lifted “GNH” to the platform of the international community. In March 2008, the year that democracy was adopted in Bhutan, he ran for elections. His party won 45 of the 47 seats in the National Assembly of Bhutan and he became the first ever elected Prime Minister. During his period as Prime Minister the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/65/L.86 “Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development”.
He was not re-elected in the second national elections of 2013. “You don’t have to be sad, because we have won by losing,” Jigmi Y. Thinley said. “It’s a blessing in disguise for Bhutanese democracy that we have to work from opposition by design of celestial bodies and local deities”. Supporters wept as he spoke. (From: Kuensel report, Bhutan’s leading newspaper.)
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