Rinchen Lethro Wins Best Leader Award At The Global Youth Peace Ambassador


Rinchen Lethro said that the opportunity to participate and win the award was gratifying.

(Source: Kuensel)


By Choki Wangmo Kuensel

Last week, Rinchen Lethro, 33, received the best leader award out of more than 200 delegates in the Global Youth Peace Ambassador (GYPA) in the Maldives.

The GYPA is the largest international youth development programme that advocates global peacekeeping mission and conducts peace-building activities, bridging socio-ethnic, religious, and community divides. 

This can be achieved by dialogue conducted through a network of special trained young people who promote values that promote peace and tolerance. 



Photo: Facebook/Global Youth Peace Ambassadors Programme


At the end of the program, all the participants will be recognised as Global Youth Peace Ambassadors and will be presented with the Global Youth Peace Ambassador pin Medal 

Various factors which helped Rinchen Lethro to win the award

Representing Bhutan in the GYPA, Rinchen Lethro, who is also the board director of Lhak-Sam, used his consulting firms to influence, train, educate, and counsel young and unemployed Bhutanese youth to equip themselves with required skills.

He has a Bachelors Degree from Sherubtse College (Royal University of Bhutan), majoring in Buddhist Literature, Philosophy & Communication.

“The active involvement in projects for peace and social change, promotion of peace and work towards conflict transformation through youth initiatives were some of the significant contributions which helped me to win the award,” Rinchen Lethro said.

His role as a mentor to Bhutanese entrepreneurs and as a qualifier of the Business Acceleration Programme conducted by the University of Texas added weightage to Rinchen Lethro’s selection process. 

He said that the opportunity to participate and win the award was gratifying.

“It was a lovely surprise and I received this award with utmost humility on behalf of my fellow Bhutanese youth. I am indebted to the international youth committee for the opportunity.”

“I am proud that the works I carry out with the youth has made a positive impact and has gained international recognition. However, getting an award from amongst global youth intellectuals come with responsibilities,” Rinchen Lethro said.

Selection criteria of the GYPA

At the GYPA, participants were selected based on their ability to increase the social outreach for the promotion of peace, respect, and tolerance as part of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16.  


Source: Facebook/Global Youth Peace Ambassadors Programme


As the recipient of the best leader award, Rinchen Lethro plans to work towards the goal of collaborating with other peace ambassadors and to foster peace globally.

“I will identify key relationships so as to avoid exacerbating conflicts and create alliances that empower marginalised groups.”

“The award will be beneficial and encourage young people of the country to become part of the global peacekeeping mission and be the catalyst of change. It will promote the presence of young actors in the peace-building processes,” he added.

The Republic of Maldives, in collaboration with the government of Maldives, Maldives Development Research Institute, Institute for Economics & Peace (Australia, USA), One Young World (UK), Singapore Institute for Multidisciplinary Professionals, Ascendence Asia (Singapore), and various other public and private sectors hosted the programme.  

In total, participants from more than 30 countries took part in the five-day programme, held in the Republic of Maldives from 28 Aug to 1 September 2019.


This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


Related Posts

UNDP Presents His Majesty The King Of Bhutan A Special Award Of...

His Majesty the King is being recognised for three major human development achievements in Bhutan.

Mar 14, 2019 10:46

Bhutan Won The Green Destinations Gold Award At The...

The ITB Berlin is the world's largest tourism trade fair which takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin.

Mar 13, 2019 20:54

Making Money Out Of Thrash - Meet Bhutan’s Winner Of The SAARC...

Chogyal Lhamo collects waste and turn them into useful items such as bags, containers and dust-bins for sale.

May 04, 2019 23:58

Bhutanese Singer Sonam Wangchen Named UNICEF's National Youth...

The 16-year-old is UNICEF’s first ever Bhutanese youth ambassador.

Nov 21, 2018 09:46

Bhutanese Youth Devised Gross National Happiness Projects At The...

About 30 students attended the workshop from seven colleges in Bhutan.

Jul 16, 2018 18:41

Shedding Light On The Psyche Of Bhutan’s Youth Through...

Generation What? is the international version of a successful French trans-media format that combines an online...

Jul 04, 2019 20:38



Canada Offers Scholarships For Students In Bhutan, Aims To Enhance Bilateral Ties

Through the programme starting in the 2020/2021 academic year, scholarship recipients will receive Nu 3,256,029 (about USD 45,600) a year to...

Sep 16, 2019 13:08

Delegation From Bhutan Attended UNCCD COP14 In India

Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Yeshey Penjor led a delegation to the high-level segment of the UNCCD COP14, which was held from...

Sep 12, 2019 23:58


Reconstruction of Lingzhi Dzong – Built To Commemorate Bhutan’s Victory Over A Tibetan Invasion In 1668

To date, about Nu 13 million has been spent since preparatory works for the Lingzhi Dzong construction which began 15 months ago.

Sep 14, 2019 23:58

True Purpose of Rituals And Their Importance In Buddhism

Rituals are an indispensable way of life for a Bhutanese household and families are known to spend a fortune on them.

Sep 13, 2019 12:11


Bhutan’s Pelden Wangchuk Wins 10th Edition Of Tour 0f Dragon Mountain Bike Race

This year, the race also saw the highest number of female participants compared to past years.

Sep 10, 2019 01:08

Tour Of The Dragon – Toughest One Day Bike Race Starts On 7 September In Bhutan

It takes sheer toil and stamina for the top riders to complete the 268 km race which finishes at the capital, Thimphu.

Sep 06, 2019 23:58


Sherza Ventures Limited Launched IPO, Aims To Establish Brand Bhutan Products Globally And More

Sherza Ventures Limited aims to be a hyper retail and wholesale trading venture using e-commerce.

Sep 09, 2019 10:58

iMerit Bhutan Launched, Hopes To Create Far-Reaching Socio-Economic Impact

iMerit strives to drive social and economic change by tapping into an under-resourced talent pool, thereby creating digital inclusion.

Sep 04, 2019 10:58


Plans In The Pipeline To Develop Trongsa For Tourism

“The people of Trongsa were very supportive of the tourism development concept for the locality.”

Sep 05, 2019 14:48

7 Facts You Never Knew About Flying Into Bhutan

Druk Asia interviewed Namgyal Wangchuk, Senior First Officer with Drukair to find out what it's like to fly into Paro International Airport.

Aug 07, 2019 23:18


7 Vegetables You Must Try While Visiting Bhutan

Read Tashi Choden's blog on the vegetables to try if you ever visit Bhutan.

Aug 31, 2019 16:43

Many Lives, Many Stories - 10th Edition of Bhutan’s Mountain Echoes Literary Festival Underway

About 80 speakers and performers came from different parts of the world with different stories to narrate.

Aug 25, 2019 22:42

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!