Happiness and Sustainability with the Prime Minister of Bhutan.


A dialogue between H.E. Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Presented by the Rubin Museum of Art and the Tenzin Gyatso Institute

In July last year, under the leadership of Bhutan, sixty eight countries co-sponsored a UN Resolution on “Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development”, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly. This year, on April 2nd, the Royal Government of Bhutan will take another leap forward by convening a high level meeting on “Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm” at the United Nations in New York.

On the eve of this historic global event, RMA and TGI will host an intimate dialogue between H.E. Jigmi Y. Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan and Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

When: Sunday, April 1

6:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m. Dialogue

Where: Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th Street

Speakers: H.E. Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley was born in Bumthang, Bhutan and in 2008, became Bhutan’s first ever elected Prime Minister. He received his Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, USA. He has previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan, as Bhutan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as Deputy Minister of Home Affairs. His government works to base its policies GNH rather than purely economic considerations.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years he has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability

Tickets: $250 reception with Jeffrey Sachs, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, and the Tenzin Gyatso monks, preferred seating for the talk and a signed copy of Prof. Sachs’ latest book The Price of Civilization

$100 talk and post-event Tibetan musical performance

Available from the Rubin Museum’s box office (212) 620-5000, ext. 344 or at


Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Rubin Museum of Art and those of the Tenzin Gyatso Institute.


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