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Sikyong-Tibet-2016-CanadaHalifax, Canada — Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the democratically elected leader of Tibet, attended the Halifax International Security Forum from November 18th to the 20th in Canada.

At the forum, Sikyong participated in the panel discussion 'Power Corrupts, Corruption Corrodes,' speaking on the topics of 'women and the importance of being inclusive' and 'Climate Security, Energy Security and the Politics of Slow Moving Threats'. He raised the importance of Tibetan plateau as the water tower of Asia, affecting billions of lives in downstream countries.

The Forum was organized by Canada's Ministry of National Defense led by the Honorable Harjit Sajjan and attended by a host of international leaders including Sir Michael Fallon, UK Secretary of State for Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's Minister of Defence, Ömer Çelik, Turkey's Minister for European Union Affairs, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi?, Ukranian Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Estonian Defense Minister Hannes Hanso, and Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General.

A bipartisan US Congressional Delegation led by Senator John McCain also took part in the three-day forum.

The forum deliberated on a wide range of issues and topics from 'ISIS in Africa', 'the Obstacles to Democracy in Ukraine', 'Security in the Af-Pak region', to global terrorism and the Realignment of power structures in the Middle East.

The Halifax International Security Forum is North America's leading foreign affairs and defense conference. It was also the first major meeting of top political and military leaders after the 2016 US elections.

Halifax International Security Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. It brings together informed leaders and engaged decision-makers from governments, military, business, academia, and the media to consider international security threats and build democracy, creating opportunity and promoting peace.

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