International Tibet Network’s 2017 Asia Regional Meeting will take place from 29 September to 1 October in Taipei City, Taiwan.
As we saw at the Brussels “TSG” Conference last September, there is absolutely no substitute for face to face meetings to strengthen connections and relationships between everyone working for Tibet in our region. Network Regional Meetings are great opportunities to strategise campaigns, learn new skills, benefit from expert briefings, find campaign partners and recharge batteries, and the Asia Regional Meeting is especially important because of the significance of the Asia region in the fight for rights and democracy.
We are therefore delighted to open registration for the Network’s 6th Asia Regional Meeting, which will take place at the wonderfully-named O My God Art Centre in exciting Taipei City, thanks to the support of Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. The meeting will run from 10 am on Friday 29 September, until around 1.30pm on Sunday 1 October. The meeting is timed to take place ahead of China’s 19th Party Congress, at which Xi Jinping will consolidate his power, but we may also learn who is likely to be among China’s 6th generation leaders.
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/YXSKfOaiSsnn5HAu1 or in the embedded Google Form below. The sooner you register, the cheaper your travel will be!
**STOP PRESS! Sarah Brooks of the International Service for Human Rights http://www.ishr.ch/, has agreed to come to Taipei and give a one-day training on UN mechanisms, which will take place on Thursday 28 September. This training is open to ALL Asia Regional Meeting participants, but would involve arriving in Taiwan on Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. International Tibet Network can help with additional accommodation costs and will provide lunch. Please state on the registration form below whether you wish to participate in this training.
Accommodation will be arranged for all participants at the 4PlusHostel, very close to the meeting venue. in multi-bed rooms. If you wish to have a twin or single room, these can be arranged at a cost of roughly US$50-60/night, either at 4Plus Hostel or the nearby YMCA. You are also very welcome to arrange your own accommodation.
Tibet Network has a number of travel bursaries available for Groups travelling from the following countries, to help with international travel costs: India, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia.
Please indicate on the Registration Form if you want to apply for one of these. Priority will be given to groups based in South East Asia to maximize the advantage of the location of this meeting and to Tibet Groups that made a membership contribution in 2016. (Please note that we cannot give more than one bursary to a single Group.)
Agenda: We want to hear what you would like to see on the Agenda. At the moment we want to include discussions on new ideas in the “Campaign Challenge”, how to get the best out of collaborating and build alliances in the region, plus some skills training. Let us know in the form below what’s missing that’s important to you and your Group! A draft outline agenda is here.